Our people are at the core of all that we do. To continue building a strong team that can deliver on our mission over the very long term, we know that we need to foster an environment that is broadly inclusive and that offers meaningful employee experiences.
In 2018, we strengthened our commitment to supporting an inclusive and diverse workplace. We saw a global groundswell of employee engagement that led to the launch of employee resource groups: Pride at OMERS and Women at OMERS. At the same time, our employees expanded the work and focus of our Inclusion and Diversity Council within businesses across the organization, and around the world. These groups celebrated alongside major global events such as International Women’s Day, Black History Month and Pride.
We continued to advance the role of women in leadership, both inside OMERS and in our industry. In 2018, one-third of our roles at the Director level and above, were led by women. We were recognized for taking bold and innovative steps by winning the 2018 Women in Capital Markets Award for Excellence in Innovation. This award was in recognition of our partnership with RBC in launching Canada’s first Exchange-Traded Fund that focuses on gender diversity on boards in Canada.
OMERS employee engagement reflects the continuing evolution of OMERS culture, the pride employees have working here, their drive to be personally successful, and their commitment to helping OMERS succeed.