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See how Aritzia is committed to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Real change starts from within.
Last year we committed to be better. We started by listening — to our people, our communities and you. Because real change starts from within, we’ve been working from the inside out. We’re pushing ourselves every day and are proud to share our DE&I journey with you.
What does this look like?
We’ve made steady progress, building upon our $1 million investment to expand and strengthen our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) program here at Aritzia. We’re actively creating a new normal and we’re holding ourselves accountable to it as we continue to listen, learn and take action.
To date, we’ve taken the following actions:
- Established an Executive DE&I Committee led by Jennifer Wong, our President and COO.
- Publicly expressed our support for the Black Lives Matter movement, and our commitment to creating positive change and being part of the solution.
- Donated $100,000 to Black Lives Matter and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), in honour of George Floyd and so many others who have lost their lives to, or been impacted by, racism and discrimination.
- Implemented mandatory training and education on systemic racism, racial inequality, and social injustice for all current and future members of our team and held additional leadership training in this space, led by DE&I experts.
- Launched an ongoing partnership with Stonewall Community Foundation as part of our commitment to strengthen our ally-ship to the LGBTQIA2S+ community. Because now and always, Aritzia stands with the queer community, celebrating the power and diversity of its members.
- Introduced a company-wide DE&I Survey which provided our employees the opportunity to share their thoughts and confidential feedback, to help us gain a deeper understanding of their experiences and feelings in this space.
- Provided more dedicated resources through our internal channels and held educational sessions and community forums for our people, led by DE&I experts.
- Introduced more sizes in a considered collection of our most-loved styles across our portfolio of exclusive brands — Babaton Atelier, Wilfred Studio, Tna and Sunday Best.
- Closed all our US boutiques on August 28, 2020 in support of Jacob Blake and racial equality, and to support our people in joining the demand for justice.
- Extended our initial offering of more sizes in Spring/Summer ‘20 to our Fall/Winter ‘20 collection.
- Closed all of our US boutiques on Friday, August 28, in support of Jacob Blake and racial equality, and to support our people in joining the demand for justice.
- Became the founding sponsor of the first CJF-CBC RADIO-CANADA Black Women's Journalism Fellowship to provide a paid mentorship career opportunity for a young female journalist. The fellowship aims to amplify Black voices, improve coverage of Black issues and grow future Black media leaders.
- Leveraged our platforms to demonstrate ally-ship by amplifying LGBTQIA2S+ voices and raising awareness through education.
- Hired dedicated Diversity, Equity and Inclusion experts to guide our long-term plan and strategy, including a new head of DE&I.
We’ve come a long way from where we were, and we know we still have a lot of work ahead of us. We’re ready and committed.
A few things we continue to work on are:
- Evaluating every aspect of our business to ensure we‘re inclusive, diverse and representative of the communities where we work — from entry-level positions to executive-level positions. Aritzia should always be a place where all people, no matter their colour, creed, race, age or sexual orientation can enjoy successful careers.
- Bringing together BIPOC and other underrepresented voices across all levels of our company, to provide first-hand perspectives and advice — in order to gain a deeper understanding of how we can improve.
- Adding more styles and sizing options to ensure that our brands are shoppable for a more diverse range of body types. We recognize that sizing and how we represent it is a timely and important consideration for our clients — both now and in the future — and we continue to learn and evolve in this area.
- Creating our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strategy, goals, and roadmaps, to ensure that we continue to grow and evolve in this space.
- Playing an active role in our society’s journey on reconciliation and healing with Indigenous peoples. We continue to forge relationships with Indigenous groups in the communities where we work and live, and to celebrate International Day of the World’s Indigenous People in August including educational resources for our People to learn more about the imperative history.
We’re so grateful for our community, and we’re inspired by your fierce determination and drive to create a more just society where everyone is respected, celebrated and we’re all held accountable. We want to keep these conversations going — please reach out at any time through firstname.lastname@example.org.