Diversity in Hiring Practices: An Equal Opportunity Employer
A key value of our corporate culture is having a safe and professional workplace where our people can feel comfortable and accepted. We believe diversity, equity, and inclusion are vital to creating and maintaining a successful workplace where everyone can thrive personally and professionally. As a Canadian company, our workforce reflects the diversity of Canada. Paladin’s workforce comprises a diverse range of ages, cultures, races, sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.
To aid in the progression of our learning, and organizational goals in this area, Paladin has registered under the Federal Contractors Program. As an employer under this program, we have committed to implementing an effective employment equity program while ensuring members of the four designated groups under the Employment Equity Act (women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and visible minorities) are appropriately represented in our workforce. Although employment equity is designed to eliminate employment barriers that these groups may face in our organization, employment equity benefits everyone in the workplace and we will make a concerted effort to ensure other underrepresented groups are also equitably represented through all levels of our operation.
What DEI means to us
Diversity: the presence of difference in a space where everyone of different identity markers are welcome. Markers such as age, gender, race, disability, socioeconomic status, education, ethnicity, religious or political beliefs, sexual orientation, and many others.
Equity: The elimination of disparity and disproportionality in the workplace. Equity is achieved when there are no longer disproportionate opportunities in the workplace.
Inclusion: Inclusion is the practice of providing a welcoming space to diverse people. Supporting, recognizing, and celebrating their contributions.
Driving Diversity Forward
Paladin’s diverse workforce is a direct expression of the communities in which we operate. Paladin is dedicated to creating an inclusive work environment where every employee feels comfortable, included and supported by the organization. We have many internal diversity initiatives to ensure that we are constantly exceeding best practices and leading the industry, including:
- A National Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) committee
- Wellness and mental health support for all staff
- Anonymous whistleblower & submit an idea available to all staff
- Sharing diverse stories #WomenInSecurity
- Discussing DEI improvements in the security industry through our Difference Makers podcast
Industry-Leading Training on Diversity & Mental Health Awareness
We believe in equipping our employees with the tools to succeed, including providing training to all staff. Using empathy-led solutions, our team is making the world a safer & friendlier place. We’ve won awards for our Compassion to Action training program, which is a unique approach to providing security services with diversity in mind.
Our security officers undergo training for diversity and mental health awareness, which includes:
- Inclusive language
- Empathetic listening
- Body language
Paladin is committed to creating opportunities for indigenous peoples. We show our commitment to this by taking part in many training and hiring opportunities, including:
- Training initiatives for indigenous learners and communities (e.g. Native Education College, Stó:lo Aboriginal Skills and Education Training, and Nak’azdli Education and Training Services)
- Worker placement programs for indigenous persons
- Involvement with associations (e.g. Northern Alberta Aboriginal Business Association and Athabasca Tribal Council)
- Joint-venture partnerships