Diversity & Inclusion Report 2021
This Report reflects RBC’s Value of Accountability and commitment to relevant disclosure on topics that matter to our stakeholders, including colleagues, clients, communities and shareholders.
Diversity & Inclusion at RBC
Diversity and inclusion is more than just a value, it’s our strength. It’s one of the ways we bring RBC’s purpose of helping clients thrive and communities prosper to life. We’re proud of the progress we’ve made and we’re motivated by what’s still to come.Learn More
A culture of social inclusion starts with you.
Take a look at these conversations and stories that help accelerate inclusion.
Carving Out a Place for Us
Chance encounter shows Black and Indigenous athlete that representation matters, especially in sports that aren't traditionally diverse.
WeAreTheCity's Rising Star Awards Celebrate Up and Coming Female Talent
The Rising Star Awards are the first to focus on the achievements of women below the Senior Management or Director level.
RWomen Canada ERG: Promoting gender diversity, equity and inclusion within RBC Capital Markets
RWomen's mission is to promote gender diversity, equality and inclusion at RBC Capital Markets through advocacy and awareness.
RBC Indigenous Peoples Development Program (IPDP): Recent Graduates Share Their Perspectives
The RBC IPDP provides recent Indigenous graduates with opportunities for skill-building, networking and career development.
WiTO ERG: Establishing RBC’s Technology & Operations workplace as diverse, equitable and inclusive to all genders
WiTO provides opportunities for women in T&O to develop skills and grow their careers while offering support, connection and friendship.
All the World's a Gallery for RBC's Art Collection
Helping Canadian artists gain exposure to wider audiences motivates RBC to share its collection with galleries and public spaces worldwide.
RBC NextGen ERG: Empowering Early- to Mid-Career Employees to Thrive at RBC
The RBC NextGen ERG empowers employees by democratizing access to new opportunities, networks, leaders and community partners.
RBC Mosaic: Fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion among minority groups and allies
The RBC Mosaic ERG advocates for inclusion, advancement and growth among visible and invisible minorities, newcomers and allies at RBC.
Celebrating 35 Years in Indigenous Banking at RBC: Harry Willmot Shares A Journey of Change and Awakening
Harry Wilmot, Regional VP Indigenous Markets East, shares how the bank – and the country – has changed over his 35 years at RBC.
RBC Pride: Making a Rainbow Connection Across RBC, Canada and the Globe
The RBC Pride ERG champions diversity, inclusion, belonging and equity for 2SLGBTQ+ employees and the community outside RBC.
From poverty to promise: How RBC helped an autistic young woman keep her promise to help gender diverse women rise out of homelessness
Up With Women is a Canadian charity dedicated to building a sustainable pathway out of poverty for women and gender-diverse individuals.
RBC Employee Resource Group REACH Offers Education and Community in Support of People with Disabilities
REACH aims to eliminate stigma and stereotypes around disability through storytelling, panel discussions, events and a supportive community.
A symbol to tell our story: Indigenous employees create a greater sense of community within RBC
RBC's Indigenous employee resource group designs a bold solution for visibility and community.
The Black Atlantic Experience: Chris Cochrane Shares Her Transition Journey
Chris Cochrane is giving a voice to Black transgender women, sharing her journey, her experiences and her wisdom.
“I Am Limitless." Malala Yousafzai embodies RBC's International Women's Day theme
Malala Yousafzai, advocate for female education and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, shares messages of hope and optimism at RBC IWD event.
A Change is Gonna Come: Remembering Wanda Robson
Wanda Robson, the youngest sibling to Viola Desmond, raised awareness for her sister's story and contributions to Canadian civil rights.
How the Ripple Effect of One Family's Kindness is Helping At-Risk Youth Build Promising Futures
Frederick Dryden is the founder of Liberty For Youth – a not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising hope for at-risk young people.
Black History Month: A Conversation with Dr. Bernice A. King About Creating Change Through Nonviolence
RBC welcomed Dr. Bernice A. King to hear her thoughts about the state of society and how people can apply a nonviolent philosophy to change.
The Black Atlantic Experience: Chijioke Amadi's relentless commitment to his community
Ceejay Amadi gives back to the PEI community in many ways and is looking for more.
Black Entrepreneur Startup Program: Powering Up Shawn R Training
Discover how the Black Entrepreneur Startup Program helped Shawn Raymond realize his dreams of opening his own personal training gym.
A conversation with Marlee Matlin about allyship, representation and inclusion
Marlee Matlin joined RBC for an enterprise-wide event celebrating UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
Girls Belong Here: Serena Iyoha Shares Her RBC Leadership Experience
Serena Iyoha recently sat down with RBC executives to learn, lead and share through Plan International Canada's Girls Belong Here program.
“Moccasins et Talons Haut": Uniting Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Women Through Entrepreneurship
The founders of Moccasins et Talons Haut are bringing women together to enable transformative partnerships and entrepreneurial success.
Ena Chams: A Cancer Survivor and Amputee Shares Her Story of Trauma and Hope
On UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities, an RBC employee shares her story in the hopes of raising awareness and inclusion.
It Starts with a Conversation: Raising Awareness on UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities
On UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities, RBCers share their personal stories – and how open conversation advances inclusion.
30 Years of Partnership: RBC and Six Nations of the Grand River
As the RBC branch in Ohsweken turns 30 this year, RBC and the Six Nations community celebrate the first on-reserve bank in Canada.
An ongoing commitment to service: Canadian, U.S. and British veterans share their journeys from the military to the private sector
As Remembrance Day nears, three RBCers who served in various branches of the military share their stories from the battlefield and beyond.
National Coming Out Day: Three RBC Employees Share Stories and Perspectives
RBC staff from Canada and the US discuss how National Coming Out Day advances inclusion and both inspires and celebrates the LGBT+ community
National Day of Truth and Reconciliation: A Moment of Recognition and Reflection
September 30th, 2021 marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – a day to honour Survivors, their families and communities
International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples: A Global Perspective
Reflections from Indigenous People and allies across the globe on this international day of observance.
Hope, Acceptance and Belonging: I See You Jack Saddleback
Jack Saddleback shares his journey to self-discovery and belonging – and how he's helping others find their path.
INUA: Celebrating Inuit Voices at the Winnipeg Art Gallery
Discover how INUA – the milestone exhibition at Qaumajuq – is amplifying Indigenous identity and celebrating Inuit art.
Survivor Inclusion Initiative: Helping Survivors of Human Trafficking Rebuild Their Lives
RBC partners with FAST and the Salvation Army to offer financial services and support to Survivors of modern slavery and human trafficking.
Parkdale Centre For Innovation: Changing the Face of Startups in Canada
Discover how the Parkdale Centre for Innovation is supporting entrepreneurs with a focus on inclusion and equity.
International Women’s Day 2021: You Can Change the World
Hear how three women at RBC are paving the way for future female leaders through inclusion, sponsorship and actionable advice.
This Girl Belongs Here: Rita Audi’s RBC Leadership Experience
Meet Girls Belong Here youth ambassador Rita Audi, who recently engaged in a leadership experience with RBC executives, including the CEO.
Accelerating Diversity & Inclusion
Our Commitments to Inclusion
RBC is putting diversity into action to build an inclusive workplace that helps employees, clients and communities thrive.
RBC Action Plan Against Systemic Racism
Diversity and inclusion has been a cornerstone of our values for years. We have made progress against some of our goals, but there is more to be done. Today we’re taking direct actions to tackle issues of inequity and systemic bias.
It takes a great workplace for people to be their best and we’re proud that our inclusive and diverse culture is consistently recognized as one of the greatest.
Inclusion Learning Centre
We believe contributing as a thought leader translates into being a catalyst for change inclusion and an enabler of progress.
The Inclusion Learning Centre provides training, inclusion activities and videos to learn how to support diversity and accelerate inclusion in the workplace.
Conversations About Diversity and Inclusion
A collection of videos highlighting honest conversations about inclusion. Each series features individual stories from real people, including RBC employees, sharing what inclusion means to them.
More Talent Untapped Podcast
People with disabilities are talent that we don't regularly see or hear from—Anna-Karina Tabuñar brings us their stories. This podcast, sponsored by RBC, is about strength in difference, diversity and inclusion.
Outsmarting Our Brains
Steps to overcoming hidden biases to harness the benefits of diversity’s true potential.