At Marine Atlantic, diversity and inclusion is an important priority for our people, our customers, our community relationships and our company. Our success is driven by our people and we are committed to building a diverse, inclusive and respectful workplace. We recognize the benefits associated with being a diverse and inclusive organization.
That is why we were honoured to receive an Outstanding Commitment Employment Equity Award from Employment and Social Development Canada at a ceremony held in Ottawa on October 3. This award recognizes employers who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to the implementation of their employment equity plans and instituted measures to remove barriers and establish positive policies and practices to achieve tangible results.
We are achieving our successes through education, engagement and empowerment. Our Diversity and Inclusion Strategy is guiding many of the initiatives we have already undertaken, and will continue to undertake in the weeks, months and years ahead.
Through our recruitment initiatives, we are actively working to attract and retain more employees representative of groups outlined under the Employment Equity Act including women, indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and visible minorities, as well as the LGBTQ2+ community.
We understand the value that increased perspectives, creativity, skills and knowledge creates for our organization and our community. This naturally leads to more effective and responsive business decisions, which has been reflected in our performance. Like many organizations, we know we still have work to do but are focused on continuing our commitment.
Having a diverse workforce aligns with our Corporate values and those of Canadians. It is the right approach for Marine Atlantic, positive for our customers, and will strengthen our overall service delivery through a combination of experience and culture that is truly representative of the country and regions in which we live and serve.
On behalf of Marine Atlantic, we are pleased to have received this recognition and commit to continue our efforts to get even stronger for the future.