Leading with inclusion brings our work to the next level
At Stantec, we create opportunity by inviting, embracing, and celebrating differences. This goal remains at the heart of our efforts to champion inclusion and diversity throughout our organization. To achieve that goal, we must continue to build an inclusive workplace that empowers and inspires but also attracts and nurtures the very best talent from all over the world.
We champion inclusion for two reasons. First, because it’s the right thing to do; everyone deserves the freedom to bring their whole selves to work without fear of judgment or discrimination. And second, because an inclusive workplace culture attracts and invites the full spectrum of talent into the organization. As an iconic firm, we recognize the importance of the distinct experiences and perspectives our people bring to the workplace each day and every day. Inclusion means valuing the distinct talent flourishing within, and that’s an important component to building a more innovative and prosperous Stantec.
We hope to maximize potential, draw on talents, and achieve organizational goals by valuing differences and creating a productive environment. Proactively, we’re working on mitigating pay disparities between genders, supporting grassroots organizations that promote inclusion and diversity, and providing all employees, including leadership and hiring managers with tools to foster a more inclusive, diverse and equitable workforce.
We want our community to be inspirational—a place that attracts the best and brightest, where everyone feels free to be true to themselves. Harnessing the power of all the characteristics that make us who we are is vital to our success. We design with community in mind, and to genuinely fulfill that promise, we need to be representative of the many communities we serve.
Cultural RedefinitionWithout inclusion—without building environments where people feel they belong—diversity is difficult to achieve. To attract and retain top talent from all walks of life, we need to ensure that inclusion informs our leadership and mentorship approaches, and we need to create clear and defined pathways for growth and career advancement. Our goal? Shape a culture where everyone can bring their whole selves to work in an environment that is welcoming, accepting, safe, supportive, and free of judgement.
Driving ChangeAs a global company, we’re involved in external activities that promote diversity and inclusion in the broader marketplace. We actively participate in community partnerships, finding opportunities to engage with and recruit women, members of visible minorities, Indigenous people, people of diverse ethnic origins, and people with disabilities. The business effect? An improved diversity pipeline leading to greater depth in our talent pool and in the industry at large.
Inclusion & Diversity CouncilsMembers of the I&D Council reflect the diversity we hope to achieve across the company; they come from different cultures, have different outlooks, and possess a wide variety of life experiences. They have one job as Council members: to support our Inclusion & Diversity strategy. Council members drive the creation of practices, goals, and objectives that help us become an organization where every individual feels welcome and valued. The Council has an unwavering focus on strengthening our inclusive culture and making a difference. Meet Our Council
Employee Resource GroupsImagine a place where you can be yourself and talk about your challenges and experiences with people who know where you’re coming from—because they’ve been there. That’s an employee resource group (ERG). In an ERG, employees explore leadership development opportunities and improve skills relevant to their business goals. Our current ERGs include Women@Stantec, Pride@Stantec, Indigenous Connexions, Latinos@Stantec, IWD@Stantec, Veterans@Stantec, and Cultural Awareness & Inclusion.
Unconscious BiasEven people who enthusiastically embrace diversity can fall victim to unconscious bias, also known as implicit bias, a preference for or prejudice against a person or group. Unconscious bias creates barriers to inclusion, performance, engagement, attraction, retention, promotions, and innovation. Our strategy? Deliver training to our teams that helps them identify and overcome these biases. With this training, we can build a more inclusive culture that provides the opportunities and environments necessary for everyone to thrive.
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