Human Rights at Work Make Good Business Sense

OTTAWA – February 15, 2012 –The Human Rights Maturity Model, a tool developed to help organizations encourage equality and respect in the workplace, is now available.  The Canadian Human Rights Commission officially released a new online application to use the Maturity Model on its website today.

The Maturity Model is the result of a collaborative initiative between the Commission and organizations within the private and public sectors and with union representatives. The Model benefited from the guidance and commitment of all parties which provided a forum for advising on content, development and continuous improvement.

“There is a strong business case for building corporate cultures that respect human rights,” David Langtry, Acting Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission said. “The Maturity Model allows employers to customize their approach to creating and sustaining a positive and inclusive workplace, specific to the needs of their organization.”

“The Human Rights Maturity Model provides a clear picture of what a human rights culture looks like and what an organization needs to do in order to achieve it,” Nadine Hakim, Specialist, Employment Equity and Diversity, Farm Credit Canada said. “Its biggest asset is its flexibility and adaptability.” Farm Credit Canada is currently using the Human Rights Maturity Model.

With the Maturity Model online application, employers can self-assess their level of human rights maturity, identify gaps, and build action plans to address them. The tool is available to all organizations, at no cost. For further information and to start using the online system, visit www.hrmm-mmdp.ca.

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David Gollob, Director of Communications
Canadian Human Rights Commission
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