RICHARD PINNOCK INTERVIEW about the diversity & inclusion
Interview with Richard Pinnock Senior Manager, Diversity & Inclusion at Walmart
@Afrogtv #IWD2021 @WEConnectCanad1 interview at Afro Global television
The Act ( Employment Equity in Canada: The Legacy of the Abella Report) Equality in Employment came into effect in 1986. It’s a third of a century and look at the results we have you know in Canada, the top 500 companies, 109 companies don’t have a single woman on their board of directors, when you look at representation in the parliament only 27% of our current representation in federal government is female and we ranked 63rd behind countries like Rwanda, Sudan and others. So, clearly there is a lot of work to be done but if we keep doing the same thing over and over and expect different results . SoI think that we have to pivot and I realized recently that the real opportunity lies in this area of diversity and supplier diversity.
I’d like to say that in the US, US was like 20 years ahead. In terms of supplier diversity. Walmart committed, its women’s economic empowerment program which had three planks number 1 – 20 billion dollars in goods and services procured from women owned businesses.
Number two, train 1 million women in emerging markets sub Sahara Africa, India places like that, which we’ve accomplished.
And the third one is to double procurement from international markets, including Canada. So there’s, there’s a lot being done but in Canada if we think about that recent study by Deloitte showed that only 2% of the companies surveyed indicated that they have a focus on supplier diversity.
So as a woman. If you have your own woman own business, and you’re looking to use your certification and call 100 companies in Canada. 98 of them won’t know what you’re talking about when you talk about being a woman owned business or a certified own business so again this is why I say this is really the new frontier there’s lots of work that we have to focus on in this area.
The 43rd Canadian Parliament once again set a record number of female Members of Parliament, with 98 women elected to the 338-member House of Commons of Canada (28.9%) in the 2019 election and 2 more in the October 2020 by-elections, that makes 100 women representing Canadians in the House of Commons for the first time