Ensuring Employment Equity at SGS Canada
Canada’s Employment Equity Act aims to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment experienced by women, Aboriginal Peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities. To ensure compliance with the Act, SGS Canada operates an employment equity program that supports the SGS Business Principle of Respect, which encompasses the fair and equal treatment of all people. Many of our employment equity initiatives span the four designated groups.
The nature of our business lines, particularly the oil and gas and minerals sectors, means that SGS Canada has a high number of typically male-dominated jobs. Our talent acquisition team endeavors to find female candidates who are qualified to fill these skilled crafts and trades category roles, and we actively support adult learning groups and women’s groups.
Persons with Disabilities
Our talent acquisition process meets the specific requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) by ensuring that SGS accommodates candidates with disabilities. All employees receive information about our employment equity policy with their initial hiring documentation, and they are invited to disclose a disability as part of their onboarding experience using our LMS.
SGS Canada is a member of the Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) program, and our work with Aboriginal and other Indigenous Peoples has increased significantly since 2016. Some of our activities include participating in conferences about Aboriginal hiring initiatives, increasing the amount of procurement spend with Indigenous and local suppliers, and the launch of an Indigenous Mentorship Program in 2018.
This program was designed to deliver sustainable and transferable bird and wildlife skills to members of the Indigenous community. Within two weeks of announcing the program, over 100 applications were received. Nine students were selected for training, free of charge. Upon completion of the program, several students were selected for employment with SGS Canada to work in open pit mining sites in the Athabascan oil sands. The program combines technical-scientific knowledge and Indigenous traditional knowledge, offering candidates unique learned knowledge and techniques for application in the field.
The Canadian Government defines visible minorities as "persons, other than Aboriginal Peoples, who are non-Caucasian in race or non-white in color." SGS Canada focuses on visible minorities with several initiatives, including an internship program for international professional new immigrants and a weeklong Career Connections co-op program that places candidates in workplace environments related to their careers and interests.