Our success relies on diversity of thought, culture, background and perspective.
Serving a membership as diverse as ours and investing in a global market means cultivating an environment that embraces inclusion, diversity and equity (IDE) in everything we do. We know diversity of thought, background, culture and perspective is critical to creating long-term value.
OPTrust is highly diverse across several dimensions of IDE, and we are actively engaged in building on our unique strengths. In 2021, OPTrust dedicated resources with the launch of a three-year strategic roadmap to become a leading organization in IDE practices.
We are on a journey and recognize there is much more to accomplish in the coming years to make meaningful progress towards a more inclusive organization for employees, members and the communities and lands where OPTrust operates.
Gender balanceWe believe gender equity representation in senior level positions is an achievable goal for OPTrust. Our Board of Trustees has a strong historical record of gender parity and our Executive Team has 30 per cent female representation. We actively invite different genders and diverse candidates to join our team.
Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Advisory CommitteeWe have an Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Advisory Committee chaired by a member of our Executive Team that serves as an advisory body to help the organization look at everything it does through an IDE lens to advance our goals.
Women in Capital Markets and 30% Club CanadaWe are members of Women in Capital Markets (WCM) and the 30% Club Canada, and partner on a wide range of initiatives to accelerate progress on gender diversity in investments and in the spheres where we can collectively exert collective influence.
Creating an inclusive environmentWe have introduced new resources to ensure that the OPTrust team is comfortable being their authentic selves at work, including adding the option to include pronouns and proper name pronunciation in email signatures. We have also launched internal educational campaigns around gender identity, the importance of using people's correct pronouns and taking the time to learn how to pronounce each other’s names.
Indigenous truth and reconciliation journeyAs an organization we’re seeking ways to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Call to Action 92. We’re working with the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business to build bridges with Indigenous peoples and further our journey. We recognize the Indigenous land on which we conduct our operations with a land acknowledgement at the start of all large gatherings and continue to raise broader awareness in the organization on Indigenous communities through education.
Celebrating International Women
OPTrust acknowledges the land where we operate in Toronto is on the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. We also acknowledge that Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 with the Mississaugas of the Credit.
Additionally, we acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the traditional custodians of Australia, where OPTrust also operates. The Gadigal of the Eora Nation are the traditional custodians of what we now call Sydney, and we pay our respects to the Elders both past and present.
These acknowledgements remind us of our responsibilities to our relationships and the ancestral lands on which we learn, share and live.