Argyle has a longstanding commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion – and we stand firmly against systemic racism and injustice.
Inclusion is one of our values – and we bring it to life all year round in our work across Canada. This reflects the expertise we have built, and the clients we seek to serve. For example, we take pride in:
- Our leadership of public engagement and communications on the Ontario Anti-Racism Strategy and the Ontario Poverty Reduction Strategy
- Our award-winning program to educate Canadians and help achieve justice for survivors of the Sixties Scoop, a dark chapter in Canadian history in which Indigenous children were taken from their families and cultures
- Our public health work in partnership with Indigenous communities in Canada’s North
- The models we have built for the inclusive engagement of diverse and marginalized communities
Argyle consciously aims for recruitment from the most diverse candidate pool possible. We value diversity in our hiring because we understand how diverse viewpoints and cultural experiences contribute to our depth of knowledge, breadth of ideas and grasp of the issues, people and organizations we serve.
Our highly diverse workforce is a source of strength and pride to us, particularly among our large and growing number of emerging leaders at the director level. We recognize that our leadership team is less diverse today than we aspire to be tomorrow. That is why senior members of our team are expected to pursue training and ongoing education on equity, diversity and inclusion.
For most of Argyle’s history, our corporate social investment has been oriented around social justice – supporting many diverse local organizations with equity-related programs.
In early 2020, we took this commitment to a new level with Argyle Community Day – a day of pro bono consulting from our communications, creative and engagement professionals for non-profits in the cities in which we operate.
Argyle’s commitment to a more equitable world has come to life in our advocacy and thought leadership within the Canadian and global public relations industries.
For example, during the period when our CEO was chair of the Global Alliance for Public Relations & Communication Management, Argyle was proud to support the First World Congress of Muslim Public Relations Professionals in Malaysia and the first World Conference on Public Relations in Emerging Economies in Kenya. Argyle also sponsored Communication across Cultures, the 2016 World Public Relations Forum in Toronto, which focused on the challenges and opportunities of intercultural communication.
As a small business with a large voice in our industry, we are on a journey from what began as an intuitive, values-based commitment to EDI and anti-racism to one that is more systemic and strategic.
We aim to continue advancing equity, diversity and inclusion within our firm, in our client work, in our advocacy and thought leadership, and in the future of social investment initiatives such as Argyle Community Day.
Finally, we are playing a constructive leadership role in our industry, seeking to understand and dismantle the barriers that confront people from historically underrepresented and marginalized communities.
We advocate for action across the corporate communications industry through our involvement in the Arthur W. Page Society, the Canadian Council of Public Relations Firms, the Canadian Public Relations Society, and the Global Alliance for Public Relations & Communication Management.