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Diversity and Inclusion

Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

At Gerald Walsh Associates, people are our business. We care about our colleagues, clients, candidates, and communities. Our principles reflect this commitment and guide us in our day-to-day work.

As an executive search and human resources advisory firm, we occupy a unique vantage point to observe the impact diversity makes for businesses, teams, organizations, and communities. With that comes a responsibility to support our clients to become more diverse and inclusive.

We Believe

  • Diversity and inclusion matter because every person has a right to equal treatment, and we are strengthened by diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences.
  • Embracing diversity and inclusion is not only the right and just thing to do—it is a necessity. Diverse and inclusive workplaces are healthier, more innovative, and ultimately more successful.
  • Building diverse and inclusive work cultures is much more than a one-time event. It requires a long-term commitment from all levels of the organization.
  • As human resource advisors to other organizations, we have a role to play in recruiting candidates with diverse and unique backgrounds, and an obligation to promote equitable, inclusive, and diverse workplaces among our clients.

We Commit to

  • Ongoing listening and learning about diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Ensuring we fully understand our clients’ diversity and inclusion vision, goals, and plans.
  • Implementing unconscious bias training within our firm.
  • Using our knowledge of unconscious bias to inform clients when we see it affecting their decision making.
  • Using inclusive, unbiased, and gendered-neutral language in our job postings and all communication.
  • Ensuring our job postings reflect only the qualifications and skills necessary for the job.
  • Encouraging our clients to minimize the use of narrow, “experience-based” qualifications and instead focus on competencies candidates may bring.
  • Advertising widely to encourage applications from underrepresented candidate groups including Indigenous persons, newcomers to Canada, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, and persons of a minority sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • Regularly reviewing and updating our recruitment practices to ensure we identify diverse candidates for searches.