Commitment to diversityThroughout its history, Desjardins Group has always been able to adapt and take on the challenges it has encountered. And so in 2006, in response to the evolving societal values of our members and clients, and our cooperative and business requirements, the Board of Directors of the Fédération des caisses Desjardins du Québec adopted the Desjardins approach to diversity. The primary objective of this approach is to respond to the current and future needs of our members, clients, officers and employees, to ensure that there is a sense of participation and inclusiveness among these groups and that we remain a cooperative institution that is representative of our community. We are therefore proud to support Pride at Work Canada and its initiatives. The principles of equality and inclusiveness that the organization promotes are fully in line with our cooperative values.
Vision for the futureDesjardins has established itself as a cooperative financial group that recognizes and believes in diversity as a strength and a resource for the future. We believe that developing a culture of diversity is far more than just a business requirement or a matter of complying with legislation. Above all, it is a cooperative requirement, a business plan for overall and lasting performance.
We are well aware that a culture of diversity isn’t something that develops overnight. It needs to grow in an atmosphere of trust following the principle of shared responsibility.
At Desjardins, diversity means value and openness, supported by a variety of perspectives. Being open to the world and recognizing diversity therefore fit perfectly with our cooperative values of solidarity, democracy and equity.
I would like to thank all of Desjardins’ officers, managers and employees for their cooperation and your openness to diversity. Together, we can help make Desjardins an inclusive workplace with a wealth of new and diverse talent and the skills to effectively respond to the current and future needs of our members and clients.