We now have four dedicated team members in our DEI team, to ensure we maintain the momentum and deliver on our commitments. Our newest addition to the team will support our content teams in honing a Corus-wide creative diversity strategy, the focus of which is on-air diversity.
We launched a new inclusive well-being program that provides Corus team members with access to dedicated counsellors who have expertise in supporting issues related to systemic barriers, social injustice, or traumatic world events.
Our foundational work continues, with steady progress on projects to build the infrastructure to more effectively measure both diversity representation and inclusion here at Corus. These foundational measurement processes will launch in the coming quarter.
Beginning with our first Engaging Corus survey of fiscal year 2022, and included in all quarterly surveys to follow, we are adding an Inclusion Index, which will help us guide, support, and measure our progress in realizing Corus’ Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion mission.
Corus continues to work with LifeWorks (formerly Morneau Shepell) to design a DEI education program for Corus. The program consists of three modules focused on DEI fundamentals and anti-racism education for all employees, plus a fourth module on inclusive leadership specifically for people leaders.
The training was launched to our Executive leadership team and reviewed by our Corus DEI and learning and development teams. The past few months have been focused on taking feedback and revising the program to ensure the most meaningful impact to our people and culture. We are looking forward to the wider roll-out this fall.
The DEI team has added a new role to support our content teams in honing a Corus-wide creative diversity plan to work with leaders in our content teams to leverage work already done, and layer in industry best practices, to ensure that our on-air diversity reflects the diversity of our audiences.
Black Screen Office study
Corus has signed on this quarter to an innovative study by the Black Screen Office, the “Canadian Race-Based Audience Survey”. The primary goal is to shed light on the screen media preferences, perceptions, expectations and consumption habits – i.e., what, how, when content is consumed – of Black, Indigenous, and people of colour in Canada. Corus is a financial contributor and will be sitting on the Advisory Committee as the project rolls out.
Employment System Review
A Key commitment from the diversiPro review, we partnered with the Canadian Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI) to conduct an employment systems review, focused on the four federally designated groups, and assessing for gaps and opportunities. The final report has now been submitted to Corus. Any new recommendations are being integrated into our DEI Action Plan.