Mississauga company makes best diversity employer in Canada list


Published March 7, 2023 at 10:04 am

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Team photo courtesy of BASF Canada

A list of Canada’s top diversity employers was just released and a Mississauga company got a special mention.

Just ahead of International Women’s Day, Mediacorp Canada Inc., organizers of the annual Canada’s Top 100 Employers project, announced its list of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers today (March 7).

The list highlights employers that do more to make a place at the table for everyone, regardless of their background, and step up efforts to create diverse, equitable and inclusive workplaces.

“As a society, we talk a lot about why these things are important, but the more honestly we can speak about issues like equity, reconciliation and anti-racism, the more we’ll be able to address them,” says Kristina Leung, managing editor at Mediacorp.

BASF Canada, a chemical company based in Mississauga, not only made the list but it was singled out by the editors for its notable initiatives.

“This recognition highlights BASF’s ongoing efforts to foster conscious inclusion and a diverse workforce,” said Apala Mukherjee, president of BASF Canada in a press release. 

Mediacorp said there were several reasons why the company deserved the honour.

BASF Canada established a three-year strategy and launched a diversity, equity and inclusion council to provide oversight and guidance to relevant programming. The company maintains a dashboard to help track its progress toward achieving its goals.

And as of 2022, BASF Canada requires all people leaders to have a minimum of one performance goal specifying how they will ensure continued progress in diversity, equity, and inclusion for themselves and for their teams (and ties the achievement of performance goals to compensation).

The company also conducts inclusion pulse checks — bi-annual anonymous feedback surveys to collect information from all employees regarding their experience of inclusion at BASF. The information collected includes how managers model inclusive behaviour, create a psychologically safe workspace, and hold their teams accountable for non-inclusive behaviour.

Find the complete list of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers 2023 winners here.

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