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Diversity and Inclusiveness

At TELUS, we are committed to promoting and celebrating diversity and inclusiveness within our team, our company and the communities where we live, work and serve.

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Diversity and Inclusiveness 2016 report

Read our report on how our company culture embraces diversity and sparks innovation.

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Introduction

The power of diversity and inclusiveness

At TELUS, we honour individuality and celebrate the diversity within our team, our company and the communities where we live, work and serve. To be a leader in diversity and inclusion means ensuring that our amazing team reflects the diversity of our customers and communities at every level of the organization.

Our team

Diverse teams lead the way to innovation. Leveraging different perspectives, experiences and ways of thinking allows us to deliver better insights, decisions, and solutions. Embracing our individuality, and leveraging diversity of thought is an important part of the amazing culture we have built as an organization.

Team member resource groups

Our six Team Member Resource groups support over 6,000 members, and together play an important role in advancing inclusion within our organization and throughout the communities where we live, work and serve around the world. These groups offer mentoring, networking, peer support, volunteering and coaching opportunities to members. Our resource groups also enable us to better understand the needs and preferences of our diverse customers, helping TELUS become one of the world’s most customer recommended companies.

Abilities Network

Founded in 2011, the Abilities Network promotes awareness of the varying abilities in the TELUS team and across our communities in order to foster inclusiveness, support and personal empowerment.

Alliance

Alliance, is a national initiative supporting TELUS team members who are currently serving or who have served in the military and the families who support them. In 2016, the Alliance members led TELUS’ recognition of Remembrance Day with a series of stories profiling team members who have served in the Canadian military.

Connections

Connections’ vision is for TELUS to be an employer and supplier of choice for women – empowering them, inspiring success and celebrating diversity. Group members participate in leadership development opportunities, volunteer together in their communities, build relationships with our customers and connect with one another at networking events.

Eagles

In late 2010, team members with Indigenous backgrounds came together to form Eagles, our Indigenous resource group. The name Eagles stands for Empowering Aboriginal Groups through Learning, Embracing and Serving.

MOSAIC

Established in 2011, MOSAIC is our multicultural team member resource group. Over the last two years, the group has more than tripled in size and now has regional chapters in B.C., Alberta, Ontario and Quebec supporting over 700 members.

Spectrum

Our resource group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirited, queer and allied (LGBT2QA) team members, with a vision of creating a more diverse and inclusive work environment at TELUS.

Our approach

We’ve made diversity and inclusiveness a part of how we approach everything we do from developing new services and products for our customers, to people decisions and community development. Accountability for diversity and inclusion doesn’t live in one department or team, it belongs to every team member and leader at TELUS.

Executive Leadership

Setting the tone from the top is an important way to demonstrate an organization’s most important values. Our six resource groups are mentored and supported by executive sponsors at the national, international and local level. President and CEO Darren Entwhistle champions diversity and inclusion as foundational to the success of our business and our culture.

Diversity and Inclusiveness Council

Since it was established in 2008, team members from diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives have served on our Diversity and Inclusiveness Council. Playing a key role in our diversity and inclusiveness strategy, the Council brings awareness to the value of diversity while supporting initiatives such as the creation and growth of team member resource groups.

Employment equity

In Canada, TELUS is governed by the federal Employment Equity Act created to eliminate workplace barriers faced by women, aboriginal people, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities.

One of the ways we understand the TELUS team’s diversity is through an employment equity survey. We continue to explore ways to increase the importance of self-identification through our survey for new team members, whose responses ensure that our workforce reflects the communities where we live, work and serve.

Consultation with team member representatives continues to occur through a variety of avenues, including the TELUS Resource Groups, the Diversity and Inclusiveness Council and regular meetings of the Joint Employment Equity Committee, which is comprised of equal representation from the company and the union. Throughout the year, company representatives provide committee members with a copy of the most recent Employment Equity Report, review a summary of numerical data, answer questions and provide an overview of initiatives outlined in the Employment Equity Plan. This ensures alignment throughout the organization on our plan goals.

Accessibility at TELUS

Accessibility is an integral part of how the TELUS team develops our products and workplace. And we’re passionate about creating technology that improves accessibility for Canadians. In 2011, we introduced our Accessible Customer Service Policy, and we continue to strive for excellence in accessibility.

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Supplier Diversity

Developing opportunities for diverse suppliers

Our Supplier Diversity Program delivers an improved and innovative customer experience by taking proactive steps to provide equal access to suppliers, reflecting the diversity of where we live, work and serve.

The program encourages economic development and provides more opportunities for culturally diverse, Indigenous, LGBTQ+ and/or women-run organizations to bid for our business in competitive processes. This ensures that our suppliers reflect our diverse customer base and bring new ideas and creativity to the table.

The scope of this program includes Canadian companies certified by the Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC), Women Business Enterprises (WBE) Canada, and the Canadian Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC).

As part of our commitment to a more inclusive future, and to developing longstanding
partnerships with suppliers that mirror our core values, we are constantly evolving
our Supplier Diversity Program. As a result of these efforts we have increased spend with accredited diverse vendors by 35% since 2014.

Our Supplier Code of Conduct is being relaunched in 2018 including a reference to supplier diversity and our expectations of third parties.

Awards and recognition

In 2017, for the ninth straight year, TELUS was named one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers — an annual competition that recognizes the nation’s leaders in creating diverse and inclusive workplaces.

In addition, we are honoured to have been recognized as: