Where do I start?

You can get started with just a few key steps:

1. Encourage leadership commitment

Having your leaders publicly commit to human rights is a good place to start.

If you are the leader of your organization, your first step should be to appoint a human rights officer or assign a human rights portfolio to one of your employees. This way you are leading by example, while at the same time empowering your employees to be their own human rights leaders.

2. Review your organization’s operations from a human rights perspective

Take a look at your current policies, practices and office by-laws. Do they consider people’s various needs? Have they been developed with consideration for the 11 grounds of discrimination under the Canadian Human Rights Act? Assign someone to review your operations. Keep records of your efforts to improve your policies and practices. 

3. Provide human rights training

Make human rights training available for your leadership, managers and employees. Making everyone aware of their rights, their responsibilities and the potential human rights implications of your organization’s policies, practices, and by-laws can prevent discrimination

Looking for a tool to help you improve your workplace culture? Check out the Human Rights Maturity Model or check out the Commission's model policy templates to help you set up your workplace policies.