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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION is not only the right thing to do, it is the SUSTAINABLE thing to do. It creates space for innovation, creativity, and excellence

How it began

In June 2020, we shared our response to the Black Lives Matter movement.  We made a commitment, a promise, to ourselves and to our community, to advocate for change. However, before we could advocate for such change, the change had to happen within our own organization first.

In July 2020, Toronto Humane Society launched a formal Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Program. After multiple conversations with stakeholders and extensive research, a formal Six-Phase Program was launched. This program aims to ensure that our stakeholders feel valued, supported, included, and heard.

The importance of DEI

As we work toward a more compassionate society where all animals and people are respected and valued, DEI is essential. We acknowledge the importance of helping others and how it contributes to our organizational mission and overall positive effect on animal welfare. We know that when we help people, we help animals too. The DEI initiative supports our 5-year Strategic Plan by focusing on both animal and human welfare.

Our journey so far

Phase 1 of the formal Six-Phase Program was finalized in October 2020 and resulted in the creation of a Strategic Imperative.

Phase 2 of the program, the Current-State Assessment, was completed in March 2021. This step provided clarity around where Toronto Humane Society stands today, what Toronto Humane Society’s stakeholders’ perspectives are regarding DEI and, what the possible benchmarks for the DEI program could be. The process led to the creation of the Current-State Assessment Summary .

With our foundational research now complete, Phase 3 – Creating a DEI Strategy has begun. Toronto Humane Society will be working on this phase collaboratively with our stakeholders to ensure that our workplace and environment is more inclusive, diverse, and welcoming moving forward.

We want to hear from you

Toronto Humane Society’s DEI Journey is an honest, transparent dialogue. Please reach out to us at dei@torontohumanesociety.com to share your thoughts or ask questions.