Diversity and Inclusion Charter
The Diversity and Inclusion Charter of Peel is an initiative that aims to foster greater inclusiveness and equity in our communities. By endorsing the charter, organizations, individuals and communities express their commitment to making our society a model for promising practices of diversity, equity and inclusion.
Equitable and inclusive workplaces are defined by the D&I Charter Initiative as supportive environments with structures and systems that respect people for who they are and the uniqueness they bring, and allow people to perform at their best. Given that the workplace is a microcosm of society at large, there is a mutually reinforcing relationship between organizational culture and individual and community wellbeing. Furthermore, all employees within an organization have a role to play in the creation of equitable and inclusive workplaces.
Equitable and inclusive services, as defined by the D&I Charter Initiative, are characterized fundamentally by the recognition of all forms of human diversity; by the accommodation of differing needs and expectations; and by the creation of safe and welcoming spaces that allow individuals to achieve their full potential.
Organizations that directly or indirectly provide services to the community need to be aware of people’s diverse needs and starting points in order to develop effective programs and provide effective services. Equitable and inclusive service provision is key to the creation of a healthy, vibrant and sustainable Peel community.
Diverse neighbourhoods and communities are defined by the D&I Charter Initiative as encapsulating human diversity in all of its forms. They are healthy, vibrant and sustainable systems in which all residents and community members are respected, supported and are able to thrive. In order to foster greater inclusion and equity within a society, it is important that diverse neighbourhoods and communities be increasingly fostered, recognized and consistently supported.
Read the charter
Tools and resources
Diversity and Inclusion Charter of Peel Backgrounder and Implementation Guidelines (2016)
This resource provides detailed background information around the Peel context, the Charter, its rationale and its benefits. It also provides guidelines for individuals as well as organizations endorsing and implementing the Charter.
Practice briefs are one-pagers that define and contextualize a key issue, provide ‘how to’ tips and suggestions and further community and academic resources on the issue. They are modeled on the Charter’s 12 commitments (1.1 series) and its three priority areas (2.1 series).
1.1: Creating Safer Spaces that Foster Mutual Understanding, Respect and Growth
1.2: Supporting Inclusive Leaders and Change Champions
1.3: Partnering and Collaborating to Support and Build Equity and Inclusion
1.4: Dedicating Resources, Including People, Time and/or Money, to Equity and Inclusion
1.5: Enabling Full Participation and Engagement of All Through Equitable Access to Information, Services, Opportunities
1.6: Providing Ongoing Learning that Facilitates Equity and Inclusion at Individual, Organizational and Community Levels
2.1: Ensuring the Provision of Equitable and Inclusive Community Services
2.2: Strategies for Creating Equitable and Inclusive Workplaces
2.3: Recognizing and Supporting Diverse Neighbourhoods and Communities
Implementing the Diversity & Inclusion Charter of Peel: Practice Brief Series 1 & 2 (Compilation)