Who: Loblaw Co. Ltd.
What: The company has announced $1 million in funding for five organizations serving historically underrepresented members in Canadian communities.
The funding comes in the form of Community Investment Grants and will support the delivery of a variety of programs.
Those include: Black Business and Professional Association’s RiseUp Women + Pitch Competition and Program; Canadian Women’s Foundation programs around gender-based violence; Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital youth employment programs and programs aimed at ending disability stigma; Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business’s young Indigenous entrepreneurs program and membership costs for grantees; and Pride at Work Canada programs that focus on developing the next generation of 2SLGBTQIA+ community members.
In total, each organization will receive $50,000 a year for four years starting in 2024.
Grant recipients were selected with input from volunteers at each of Loblaw's four DEI-related employee resource groups (ERGs), namely ABLE, Embrace Your Roots, Go Further Women and Proud.
"We're proud to support organizations that share our core values as a business, bringing to life our desire to advance social equity through the important work that they do," said Emma Race, senior director, sustainability and social impact at Loblaw, in a statement.