"Diversity for growth and innovation" is one of RBC's Values and part of our business strategy. We know that understanding and drawing on the strength of diversity means meeting the needs of clients around the world, building strong relationships in the many communities we serve, and fully engaging the talents of our people. Or simply put, making the most of our diversity has always been the right thing to do and the smart thing to do.
Diversity is about more than just having many different people from many different groups. It's about tapping into all the perspectives, experiences, lifestyles and cultures that we collectively possess. And at RBC, it's about valuing, respecting and supporting our differences to help break new ground and deliver valued solutions and services.
We believe that diversity and inclusion provide an advantage in developing intellectual capital and ensuring our continued growth in Canada and around the world. Diversity helps make RBC both an organization people want to do business with and a rewarding place to work. By drawing on the strength diversity provides, we can meet new challenges and help create prosperity for employees, clients, shareholders, and the communities we serve.
Last week, we witnessed landmark decisions by the United States Supreme Court in favour of equal treatment between gay and straight couples. We believe that being inclusive is the right thing to do, and the smart thing to do for companies and our society. Diversity is one of our core values at RBC and is based on respect, fairness and inclusion.
I know that while we have made significant strides in inclusion for members of the LGBT community as a company, there is still more to be done. We are pleased to announce that RBC will ensure equitable tax treatment for couples covered under our US healthcare program. This will apply to all employees who are married or in a domestic partner relationship - whether same or opposite sex.
We're proud of what we have achieved in RBC and inspired by what lies ahead for us to become the most open, welcoming, transparent and progressive company we can be. I know I can count on your commitment and support as we continue our journey together.
Gordon M. Nixon
President and CEO
Review our blueprint to find out more about our diversity priorities and objectives.