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An update on FHR’s progress on fighting discrimination

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An update on FHR’s progress on fighting discrimination

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At FHR, we recognize there is a problem with discrimination in Canada. We commit to taking action to eradicate it in all its forms at this agency and in Canadian society.  

Addressing discrimination and oppression starts with recognizing our colonial history and how it continues into today. Indigenous reconciliation is a collective responsibility that is urgent, one which we must all accept and work towards.  

We believe reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples is critical. We believe Black lives matter. We believe violence against the Asian and Muslim community must stop. We believe in the fight against homophobia, transphobia, sexism and ableism.

We also believe that support for change must come from top-level executives so a company can make the structural changes it needs in its hiring practices, wages, policies, and work culture. Our president, Angela Carmichael, and the whole senior leadership team has committed to do that work and support employees of all levels when they bring forward their ideas.  

A year ago, at FHR, we said publicly we made a mistake by not making this important work the centre of everything we do and we set out to make meaningful changes to ensure FH becomes the most inclusive agency in the world. Since then, we have helped, and continue to help, our employees and our clients through this unprecedented time of social awakening.

No part of our business is off-limits to change. When we surveyed our employees anonymously and learned employees who are Indigenous, Black and People of Colour experience their relationships differently than our white employees, we knew we had more work to do to make sure we were hearing all points of view. 

  • We created a plan with employees’ input, from the most junior to the most senior, to make sure FHR will continue to move forward and never again delay action.
  • We organized regular employee forums that encourage difficult discussions and allow employees from all levels to participate meaningfully.
  • We developed an inclusive language workshop and ensured our entire staff was trained.  

We understand the fear companies face when it comes to speaking out about meaningful change for people who are Indigenous, Black and People of Colour, as well as those who are gender diverse, and members of other marginalized communities. However, gone are the days of fear as an excuse for inaction. At FHR, we decided we would rather make mistakes trying to do what’s right, than to perpetuate more harm by doing nothing out of fear.  

FHR’s journey toward creating a more equitable workplace is ongoing. If you’d like to learn more about our path forward, please reach out to our Mosaic Canada Team (FHR.Mosaic.Practice@fhhighroad.com).

At FHR, we recognize there is a problem with discrimination in Canada. We commit to taking action to eradicate it in all its forms at this agency and in Canadian society.  

Addressing discrimination and oppression starts with recognizing our colonial history and how it continues into today. Indigenous reconciliation is a collective responsibility that is urgent, one which we must all accept and work towards.  

We believe reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples is critical. We believe Black lives matter. We believe violence against the Asian and Muslim community must stop. We believe in the fight against homophobia, transphobia, sexism and ableism.

We also believe that support for change must come from top-level executives so a company can make the structural changes it needs in its hiring practices, wages, policies, and work culture. Our president, Angela Carmichael, and the whole senior leadership team has committed to do that work and support employees of all levels when they bring forward their ideas.  

A year ago, at FHR, we said publicly we made a mistake by not making this important work the centre of everything we do and we set out to make meaningful changes to ensure FH becomes the most inclusive agency in the world. Since then, we have helped, and continue to help, our employees and our clients through this unprecedented time of social awakening.

No part of our business is off-limits to change. When we surveyed our employees anonymously and learned employees who are Indigenous, Black and People of Colour experience their relationships differently than our white employees, we knew we had more work to do to make sure we were hearing all points of view. 

  • We created a plan with employees’ input, from the most junior to the most senior, to make sure FHR will continue to move forward and never again delay action.
  • We organized regular employee forums that encourage difficult discussions and allow employees from all levels to participate meaningfully.
  • We developed an inclusive language workshop and ensured our entire staff was trained.  

We understand the fear companies face when it comes to speaking out about meaningful change for people who are Indigenous, Black and People of Colour, as well as those who are gender diverse, and members of other marginalized communities. However, gone are the days of fear as an excuse for inaction. At FHR, we decided we would rather make mistakes trying to do what’s right, than to perpetuate more harm by doing nothing out of fear.  

FHR’s journey toward creating a more equitable workplace is ongoing. If you’d like to learn more about our path forward, please reach out to our Mosaic Canada Team (FHR.Mosaic.Practice@fhhighroad.com).

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