Imperial’s PRIDE employee resource group celebrates its five year anniversary

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Imperial’s PRIDE employee resource group celebrates its five year anniversary

Imperial has more than 5,500 staff across Canada, needless to say we are not all the same – and that’s a good thing. Imperial’s focus on diversity and inclusion helps create a workplace where people’s unique contributions and perspectives are respected and valued. These different ideas and viewpoints ultimately strengthen the company and help it grow and innovate. 

One of the ways Imperial maintains a supportive work environment is through a range of development and networking programs including, but not limited to, employee-led diversity networks for women, Indigenous, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and two-spirited (LGBTQ2S) persons.

Imperial's PRIDE employee resource group supports LGBTQ2S staff and allies, and encourages awareness and understanding of diversity and inclusion issues around gender identity, expression and sexual orientation in the workplace. The group provides mentoring, professional development, networking events and activities for members, allies and the entire staff population. This will be Imperial’s fourth year participating in Calgary’s Pride Parade and the fourth year as a platinum level sponsor of the event.

“We need people who think outside the norm, bring a variety of skill sets and fresh perspectives to an industry that has been around for over 100 years. And a company that supports and values diversity is a place where I can bring my authentic self to work every day." - Mark Matlock, Imperial employee and member of the company's PRIDE network.

Membership, including allies, continues to grow. The Imperial network started in 2012, is affiliated with the ExxonMobil PRIDE employee resource group, which has over 1,000 members globally.

In addition to supporting the PRIDE employee resource group, Imperial is a corporate partner with Pride at Work Canada, a non-profit organization focused on promoting LGBT inclusion in the workplace.

Learn more about diversity & inclusion at Imperial

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