Continually Redefine Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for our Team
We have an established Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Taskforce that meets monthly, with members of our leadership team and an open invite to any team members at any given time. We publish the results of our Diversity Audit annually, the latest of which you can find above. We have leveraged and will continue to leverage external advisors who offer insights, feedback, and ideas to further our overarching corporate commitment to continuous improvement.
Offer Company-Wide Training & Resources
We are committed to offering ongoing training & resources for our team. We aim to provide at least one company-wide workshop per year for our team. Detailed here are just a few of these examples. In May 2023, We hosted a company-wide reflection workshop that explored the impact of colonization and capitalization in the wellness industry, and the impact this continues to have on BIPOC communities and individuals, and how that relates to our day to day business. In June 2022, we hosted a company-wide critical self-study workshop with an external consultant to draw awareness to our inherent biases. In October 2021, our team participated in company-wide training on Indigenous History in Canada, and learned ways to move forward with greater awareness and allyship. In November 2020, members of our Senior Leadership Team and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Taskforce participated in a multi-module, anti-racism course to better be able to support the needs of our team and the needs of our community. In October 2020, our team participated in company-wide training on anti-racism, diversity and inclusion, and intersectionality.
Strengthen our Respect in the Workplace Policies
We continually monitor and update our Respect in the Workplace Policy to ensure there are clear zero-tolerance guidelines around racism, bigotry, micro-aggressions, and xenophobia. All new employees are required to read and sign off on our policies. We’re planning to implement an acknowledgment and sign-off on this policy on an annual cadence starting this September 2023 to truly reinforce our commitment in this space.
Update our Recruitment, Training and Employee Growth Processes
Our annual employee engagement survey includes a section on inclusivity and diversity. Our next survey is planned for August 2023, part of our commitment to surveying staff annually. We also have an expanded recruitment process with dedicated support for hiring managers via our People & Culture department. Our company values which reinforce our commitment to wellbeing for all, connection, impact, and integrity and can be viewed here.
Commit to Monetary Donations and a Long-Term Giving Platform
We have supported the following organizations thus far: The Loveland Foundation, Get Fresh Daily, Naaya Wellness, New Leaf Foundation, Black Lives Matter - Toronto, Black Lives Matter - Vancouver, Kendra Coupland, Pura Vida Yoga Center - Student Scholarship, Prison Yoga Project, Water First, Indigenous Perspectives Society, Black Immigrant Collective, Therapy for Black Girls, Black Therapy & Advocacy Fund, Melanin Moves, Matriarch Movement, The Trevor Project, Mamas for Mamas, Cause We Care, Girls Who Code, and Yoga Outreach Society, The Trini Foundation, The Starfish Canada, Mountain Rain Zen Community, Soulga, The Villig. In order to facilitate further donations, we are building out a giving platform dedicated to ensuring that wellness practices are safe, accessible, and inclusive in communities everywhere. Since this plan was developed in 2020, we've donated over $30,000 to various organizations.
Evaluate Product and Seasonal Storytelling
We continually perform Product Marketing Audits to ensure the positioning and communication of our products is culturally respectful and relevant.
Amplify Marginalized Voices in the Wellness Space
We will continue to leverage our platforms to amplify the experiences of community members in the yoga and wellness space. As we continue to build out meaningful and impactful content, we are committed to showcasing our diverse wellness community through fresh photography and seasonal campaigns. Our Ambassador Program has a holistic approach to amplifying voices in wellness. We will expand beyond the practice of yoga and share the work, stories, inspiration, and voices of various communities across the globe. We are committed to onboarding ambassadors who are a driving force behind change in the wellness space, who are using their platforms and voices to support the healing of underrepresented communities.
Some voices we have amplified to date, and have learnt so much from include: Shayla Stonechild, Eman Salem, May Globus, Dylan Archambault, Summan Kandola, Taylor Hunt, Nya Daley Benefield, Jessica Barudin.
This is just the beginning. We continue to learn, grow, and support to the best of our collective abilities. We truly value your feedback and ideas and stand beside you in solidarity around this movement.
If you are interested in sharing feedback, suggestions or resources please email: email@example.com. Please note, we have zero tolerance for bigotry, xenophobia, and racist comments. We thank you for joining us in our commitment and look forward to creating change alongside you.