BDO supports local initiatives in our external communities with charitable activities, volunteerism and donations. In fact, we grant our employees one Community Day per year to participate in a cause of their choice to volunteer their services. As a firm, we are proud to sponsor many different campaigns and events, including the nationwide Farm Credit Canada Drive Away Hunger food drive and the BDO Canadian Open — part of the annual Grand Slam of Curling tournament.
And our internal community is just as strong and united. Our office social committees excel at bringing together employees for exciting activity days, special events, and holiday celebrations. Furthermore, our Employment Equity Committee launched the first annual firm-wide cookbook, which attracted numerous submissions and spawned at least a few office potlucks.
BDO is committed to providing an inclusive working environment where everyone feels valued and respected. Diversity includes, but is not limited to, age, gender, ethnicity, physical and mental disabilities, sexual orientation, race, nationality, marital and/or parental status, lifestyle, religion, and education. At BDO, we recognize, respect and celebrate the valuable differences that each of us bring to the firm.
We believe that diversity is a long-term commitment and our goal is to break down barriers and create an environment that maximizes the contributions of all our employees. It is embedded in our culture and is reflected in our people. In recognition of the value that people from different backgrounds and experiences bring, the firm constantly evaluates its policies and procedures to ensure diversity initiatives are incorporated.