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RBC named one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers for 2015

TORONTO, March 31, 2015 - At RBC we say “Diversity works here.” We believe diversity is a source of innovative ideas for meeting new challenges and creating prosperity for our clients, employees and communities.
We are proud to have been selected again as one of Canada's "Best Diversity Employers" by Mediacorp Canada Inc. in its annual survey of Canadian businesses.

RBC is being recognized for our exceptional initiatives to attract, develop and retain diverse talent and for our continuously evolving programming that promotes and protects our inclusive work environment.

Now entering its ninth year, the Canada’s Best Diversity Employers competition recognizes the nation’s leading organizations when it comes to creating inclusive workplaces for employees from five diverse groups: women; visible minorities; persons with disabilities; Aboriginal peoples; and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) peoples. Employers are selected by the editorial team at the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project, which manages the competition.

“Diversity and inclusion is embedded in everything we do,” said Zabeen Hirji, chief human resources officer, RBC. “It goes beyond recognizing and appreciating differences in culture, ethnicity, gender, age, abilities and sexual orientation. It’s about seeking out diversity of thought and actively including different perspectives, it’s about employees feeling valued and respected for who they are, and encouraging them to speak up and share their views.”

Here are some highlights of our efforts:

Diversity Recruitment: Our diversity recruitment programs help job seekers who may benefit from personalized guidance and additional support. Through these programs, we offer coaching and support to candidates who face employment-related barriers. For example, The Pursue Your Potential (PyP) program is designed to recruit Aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities. We’ve had great success in attracting and hiring qualified candidates through this program.

Advancement of Women: New in 2014, we launched the Women in Leadership program, with 26 women from across the bank participating, is a 10-month program to provide exposure to executives, encourage network-building and offer peer coaching and support.

Addressing Unconscious Bias: An organizational campaign to help people recognize and address blind spots. To date, 11,000 RBC employees have had exposure to the unconscious bias programming with a training goal of reaching all employees by the end of 2016. 

This year's winners are being announced today in a special editorial supplement in The Globe and Mail.

For the full list of Canada's Best Diversity Employers for 2015 and the editors’ detailed reasons for selecting each winner, visit:

To learn more about RBC’s Diversity Programs visit:


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