Vancouver Airport Authority condemns racism and discrimination in all forms. At this pivotal moment in history, we stand with Black Lives Matter. We recognize that discrimination against members of our Black communities is an issue in Canada – not just for our neighbors to the south.
We denounce violence and racism (whether overt or covert) against Black, Asian, Indigenous and all other people of colour. We also stand with our fellow Canadians of Asian heritage and condemn acts of violence and hatred by those who would seek to racialize the current pandemic.
Diversity and inclusion are integral to our business and are part of the foundational values that define our organization. But we recognize that there is always room to grow, learn and participate. We commit to listening, working to gain understanding and actively doing more to support anti-racism. We have been considering the global conversation and discussing what meaningful action we can take as the Airport Authority and we want to share the actions we are taking:
- We will review and update our Social Policy and other corporate policies to more expressly reflect our commitment to anti-racism in addition to diversity and inclusion.
- We will expand our community partnerships that promote social inclusion and diversity to support local organizations who are working to combat racism and support people of colour by contributing $25,000 from our 2020 community investment budget.
- We will work with our diversity consultant to review and augment our employee training program, including our unconscious bias training.
Our commitment is unwavering, but we recognize this work requires continuous refinement and collaboration with the entire YVR team. We will also look for opportunities to dialogue with our airport business partners.
We strive to be an inclusive airport that British Columbians can be proud of—we are committed to ensuring that YVR is a place of welcome for people around the world, as well as our employees and local community.