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The well-being of LGBT workers has been at the heart of Pride at Work Canada’s mission from its start in 2008.

To survey the engagement on issues of importance to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees, the non-profit presents its LGBT Workplace Inclusion Index, “Canada’s definitive national benchmark on LGBT-inclusive workplace practices and initiatives.” Four 2015 participants stand out for their level of commitment to equality:

Royal Bank of Canada (52,000 employees). RBC’s LGBT employee-resource group PRIDE collaborated with RBC’s many ERGs and the Global Diversity Group to mobilize more than 25,500 employees last year to participate in the International Day of Pink. This annual campaign is a show of RBC’s dedication to fighting bullying and harassment, including homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. Its major awareness campaign for National Coming Out Day included personal stories and testimonials from 18 LGBT-identified and ally employees on RBC’s intranet.

TD Bank Group (50,000 employees). One of its senior-most champions of LGBT employees and chair of its Employee Resource Group, COO of TD Asset Management Tim Thompson, hosts and facilitates focus groups at which issues facing LGBT workers at TD are highlighted and discussed. LGBT role models and employee stories are featured in its internally published Building Pride magazine, showcasing how TD creates a truly inclusive workplace.

EY (5,000 employees). “Leadership Matters” is an EY program helping those at the senior-management level and above to better understand the importance of inclusive leadership. The program covers the advancement of underrepresented groups, including LGBT employees. New managers attend annual leadership training at which materials spotlight visible LGBT role models, allies and EY’s Unity Network.

Dentons Canada LLP (1,381 employees). New Dentons members are introduced to Dialogue LGBTA, the firm’s LGBT professional network, which highlights Dentons’ enthusiasm to foster an inclusive environment. The firm regularly showcases the achievements of LGBT Dentons members; for example, when Ainsley Gray, a paralegal at Dentons Toronto, won a silver medal at the 2014 Gay Games.

(To learn more about Pride at Work Canada, visit www.prideatwork.ca.)