NorLand’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee
One of NorLand’s values is “Variety Makes Us Strong”. This means we embrace a broad range of skills, specializations, and perspectives. It also means we aim to hire and work with a diverse group of people, and we’re always promoting the notion of equity, diversity, and inclusion. This is something NorLand is passionate about – we even have a full committee dedicated to it! The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Committee works to ensure NorLand is living this value every day.
So, what exactly are equity, diversity, and inclusion?
Equity does not mean equal; equity means to consider others’ differences to ensure fair treatment. Diversity is ensuring that we have different voices, opinions, and types of people across our organization. Inclusion is when you feel like your voice is heard and appreciated, you feel included and welcomed into the conversation. The image below is from City for All Women Initiative, and does great job of explaining the difference between equality and equity.
As a Committee, EDI strives to live and encompass these words in our actions and encourage others across NorLand to as well. We have set goals for the EDI Committee that we review each month at our meetings to see what we can do to get closer to them. Some of our goals are engaging stakeholders such as our employees and our General Managers. Another goal is to ensure that each new hire completes our Respect in the Workplace course on the portal, and another is internal Committee training on unconscious bias.
These are just some of the ways NorLand’s EDI Committee is working to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace.