In July 2003, the Royal Bank of Canada became the first financial institution to enter into a program called the Aboriginal Employment Partnership Initiative.
As part of the initiative, RBC conducted a workplace audit, which examined internal and systemic barriers that impact Aboriginal people who are applying for work.
“We looked at the technology we were using, the types of questions we were asking and the types of demands we were requesting of people,” says Gail Murray, RBC’s Aboriginal marketplace manager (BC).
“With this workplace audit, we identified a lot of gaps and issues that have now become an ongoing review of the workplace to ensure that the systems are working to the best of our ability to attract Aboriginal employees,” she says.
“Through this, we now have the largest number of Aboriginal employees that we’ve ever had in the bank.”