How are you championing Diversity and Inclusion?
When we asked ourselves this question, we recognize that as an organization, Sovereign can do so much more when it comes to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace culture. We’ve started our learning journey and are dedicated to positive change. We’re not experts, nor are we leaders of workplace D&I best practices (yet), but we’re committed to growing, learning, and changing – join our journey!
Improve accessibility at your workplace
Investing in accessibility can help unlock the vast possibilities of human creativity, fuel business success, and elevate our communities. We recently redesigned our Calgary office with accessibility at the forefront to make this vision a reality. Some of the accessibility features include:
- Touchless sliding doors and accessible security access
- Height-accessible signage, including braille signage
- Generous hallway clearances for barrier-free travel through corridors
- Height-adjustable surfaces, including sit-stand desks
- Lighting aligned to circadian rhythms and dimmable lights for vision sensitivity
- A wellness room, which includes a fridge for medications and nursing mothers
- Gender-neutral washroom with a baby change table
- Access to natural light for all
- Enhanced green spaces
- Accessible kitchen appliances and lower countertops
See how these features come to life in our beautiful Calgary office space – and get inspired to enhance the accessibility of your work space!
Take action towards reconciliation
On September 30th, National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, we recognized the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families, and communities. Acknowledging Indigenous experiences and commemorating the history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.
Watch keynote speaker Tim Fox, VP of Indigenous Relations and Equity, Calgary Foundation discuss the importance and impact of decolonization and reconciliation.
Sovereign is a proud sponsor and member of The Canadian Association of Black Insurance Professionals (CABIP). Through our partnership, we aim to amplify CABIP’s important mission of advocating for representation, inclusion, and advancement of Black professionals within the Canadian insurance industry.
We look forward to participating in advocacy, education, mentoring, and networking opportunities, and we encourage our valued partners to join us on our ongoing D&I journey. CABIP is open to anyone who wants to be an Agent of Change, learn more about this impactful organization and how to get involved.
Break the workplace mental health stigma
We all know someone who struggles with their mental health – maybe that person is you. Even though the mental health conversation has come a long way, it’s clear that public discourse doesn’t always translate to the workplace, and stigma is still prevalent.
What does it mean to bring your ‘authentic self’ to work when you have a mental illness? If ‘mental health’ is ‘health’, why is there still such a stigma in the workplace? What role do leaders play when an employee’s mental health struggles start to blur the line between mentor, therapist, and friend?
These are the hot topics we don’t shy away from as we dive in with Mental Health Speaker and Founder of Sick Not Weak, Michael Landsberg. Watch the conversation, get inspired, and learn alongside us.