AgentsC is completing a research project in partnership with Imagine Canada working with Imagine Canada, and RBC Foundation. Our research focuses on the perspectives of Corporate Community Investment practitioners in Canada and asks them how principles of Justice, Access, Inclusion, Diversity and Equity (JAIDE) intersect with their work. Our aim is to understand the gap between current practices and the ideals for the profession in the near future for a more just and equitable Canadian society.
We discovered three compelling themes: These themes are 1) a lack of Black and Indigenous representation in the profession, especially in leadership roles, 2) 75% representation of women participants, 3) positive JAIDE sentiment, but a lack of evidence beyond this sentiment when it came to actions and practicing JAIDE in a tangible or transformative way.
We also interviewed 5 young CSR students at McGill and Queen’s university for their perspectives on Corporate Social Responsibility education and their aspirations for their careers and of the field.
Ensuring we heard diverse CSR voices throughout our research, we found a growing heartfelt sentiment for the dismantling of or completely turning away from colonized approaches to CSR. Our research shares the stories of Black and Indigenous participants and provides associated recommendations with the ultimate objective to improve our CSR approaches and positively impact Canadian society.
Imagine Canada, RBC Foundation and AgentsC look forward to sharing this important research in the fall (September/October).
We are excited to engage our panel of community investment experts on some of the key questions that have developed while conducting our research. We are looking forward to giving all conference attendees an opportunity to share their feedback on how Corporate Community Investment should impact Black communities globally