QWEB’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Plan

Émilie Desmarais

As part of its governance, the Quebec Wood Export Bureau (QWEB) has recently implemented an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Action Plan. Through its involvement, QWEB sees this as a way to ensure respect and representation of designated groups – such as Aboriginal people, women, visible minorities, people with disabilities or marginalized people of all origins, races, cultures and religions. 

QWEB is a non-profit organization created in 1996 whose mission is to develop export markets for wood products from Quebec, ensure access to these products on the market and promote the use of wood in all markets as regional, provincial and national. QWEB has about 125 export companies in five different groups: softwood lumber and value-added softwood; hardwood lumber and added value hardwood; wood flooring; wood construction; and wood pellets.

QWEB’s EDI priorities:

  • Objective hiring practices and unbiased assessments of the competence of candidates.
  • Attracting and retaining a qualified and diverse workforce.
  • Valuing diversity and maintaining its representativeness within the workforce by promoting inclusion and using skills, values and professional experience.
  • Maintaining a continuous training program accessible to all employees.
  • The establishment of an EDI Committee, made up of professionals with diverse representation, ensuring neutrality in candidate evaluation.

In this sense, various actions have been undertaken regarding employee integration, diversity and balance within the team, concern for a healthy work environment, training of recent and existing employees, and recurrent communications to the team.

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