CIBC employees celebrate their diversity, and contributions to the workplace and their communities
TORONTO, June 2 /CNW/ - Today marks the beginning of CIBC's 16th annual Diversity Month during which its 40,000 employees celebrate the increasing representation, participation and advancement of employees from groups which have historically faced barriers in employment. "We are proud of the achievements we have made at CIBC over the past two decades in creating and fostering a fair and inclusive work environment where all employees can reach their full potential," said Richard Venn, Senior Executive Vice-President of Corporate Development and CIBC's Diversity Champion. "We are committed to building on our successes and building a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve." Throughout the month of June, employees from across the country will celebrate diversity at more than 150 events and celebrations, including cultural performances, pot lucks, receptions and speeches given to raise awareness of diversity. Eight affinity groups will be actively involved in many of these events and will continue to focus throughout the year on providing avenues for professional networking, mentoring and awareness-raising. CIBC's affinity groups link together employees and their supporters from varying backgrounds. Over the past year, some of CIBC's diversity highlights include:- Being recognized as one of Canada's "Top Employers for Workplace Diversity" by Canadian Immigrant Magazine, which acknowledged CIBC's lengthy record on diversity and employment equity and for its inclusive work environment. - Being selected as one of Canada's "Best Employers for New Canadians for 2008" for leading its peers in creating a workplace that welcomes new Canadians and allows them to make the most of their skills, education and talents. The winners were selected by the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers and the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC). - Building on our workplace diversity, CIBC has enhanced its Newcomers to Canada page on our web site where new immigrants can find information on careers with CIBC. We have also hired more than 20 individuals from diverse backgrounds over the past year through a unique internship program for newcomers through Career Bridge, and CIBC's Career Access Program™ that provides job readiness training to Aboriginal peoples and people with disabilities. - CIBC was also the first Canadian organization to integrate Skills International, a web-based database of pre-screened, internationally trained individuals, into the recruiting process to assist new Canadians in finding gainful employment.CIBC is a leading North American financial institution with nearly 11 million personal banking and business clients. CIBC offers a full range of products and services through its comprehensive electronic banking network, branches and offices across Canada, in the United States and around the world. You can find other news releases and information about CIBC in our Press Centre on our corporate website at www.cibc.com.
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