New tool promotes human rights at work

Leadership support, communication, consultation among key elements identified by federal human rights commission to encourage respect, equality in workplace
By Amanda Silliker
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/05/2012

Last year, Farm Credit Canada (FCC) was asked to participate in a pilot project for a new Human Rights Maturity Model developed by the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC).

FCC was happy to be chosen because not only would it be the first financial institution and first organization headquartered in Western Canada to participate, but it would allow FCC to become part of a network of employers of choice, said Nadine Hakim, employment equity and diversity specialist at FCC.

“In the context of Canada’s labour shortage and war for talent, a lot of employers are asking themselves ‘What can we do to keep these good individuals?’ And that’s where corporate culture comes into play,” said Hakim, based at FCC’s head office in Regina. “When you come to work feeling like you’re respected and valued for your ideas and contributions, why would you leave?”