CBI Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
CBI Consultants stands with Black communities, Indigenous peoples, the LGBTQ+ community, and all people of colour in Canada, America, and around the world against systemic racism, discrimination, prejudice, and hatred. This reflects our vision statement: Achieving diversity and inclusion through excellence and innovation.
CBI’s mission promotes effective person and family centered practice to support global citizens to be the causal agents in their lives within societies that value diversity and inclusion. Our core values and our 30 years of inclusive practice are deliberate; promoting equity, quality of life and well-being for all citizens. We stand with our professional association, The International Association for Positive Behavior Support (APBS) honouring each person’s right to human dignity, human rights, and access to effective positive behaviour support.
“The mission of APBS is to enhance the quality of life of people, across the life-span, by promoting evidence-based and effective positive behavior support to realize socially valid and equitable outcomes for people, families, schools, agencies, and communities.”
However we know that as an agency we must make increased efforts to speak against anti-Black, anti-Indigenous, and all forms of systemic racism, prejudice, discrimination and hatred in our own workplace, in our communities, in our province, in our country and in the world. We must make efforts to listen and learn from those who are oppressed by systemic racism, prejudice, and discrimination.
With that in mind, CBI is committed to taking the following actions over the next 90 days:
- Creating a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee with mandate to support an environment of cultural humility, with company-wide diversity and cultural competency education.
- Review all of CBI’s documentation, policies, procedures, staff onboarding, stakeholder interactions, social activities, external curriculum, and publications through an equity lens.
- Develop a voluntary cultural diversity survey to collect internal demographic data which will provide a clear picture of our current diversity and allow us to focus on areas that need improvement for the representation of Black, indigenous, people of colour and the LGBTQ+ community.
- The CBI leadership team will commit to a self-study on racial literacy and implicit bias and encourage our staff teams to do the same through monthly staff meeting activities.
These strategies will further ensure that we are meeting the needs of increasingly diverse communities across the lifespan, and throughout the world.