Written by Ishita Walia, Corporate Communication Manager in Chicago, IL. Ishita has been a part of the communications team at BMO for almost two years and enjoys traveling and cooking in her spare time.
BMO Harris Bank received a score of 100 on the Disability Equality Index (DEI) – an annual, national, transparent benchmarking tool that offers businesses an opportunity to receive an objective score, on a scale of zero (0) to 100, on their disability inclusion policies and practices – and was named the Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion.
At BMO, we are committed to having zero barriers, and to fostering a culture of inclusion for all where everyone feels like they belong. Recently, we launched or Learn From Difference For All training, where employees can learn how they can be more inclusive with their colleagues and customers every day. Employees are also encouraged to self-advocate, to promote the importance of being open about our differences and drive progress through our Count Me In (CMI) campaign.
Initiatives and programs like Learn from Difference, BMO Without Barriers Enterprise Resource Group, and our accommodation process are just a few examples of why we were able to earn a top score on the DEI, which measures culture & leadership, enterprise-wide access, employment practices (benefits, recruitment, employment, education, retention & advancement, accommodations), community engagement and supplier diversity.
“DEI is a comprehensive benchmarking tool that helps us assess our existing practices and identifies opportunities to improve our efforts so that we can boldly grow the good in business and in life,” said Tricia Myers, U.S. Head of Inclusion & Diversity, People & Culture. “At BMO, Diversity and Inclusion are our core values and we are excited to receive a top score and work with our leaders and employees on making BMO a great place to work for all.”
Our combined efforts and improvements that promote an equitable and inclusive environment have led us to earn a top score on the DEI for the past four years.