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Unformatted text preview: physically isolated but
among the fastest-growing in North America, and 80
percent of the customers are of aboriginal origin.
The company has been promoting and implementing diversity management for more than 10
years, placing emphasis on encouraging higher
levels of aboriginal representation and involvement
at all levels in the company. Today, the North West
Company is the largest employer of aboriginal
people in Canada outside of the Federal
Government and is the largest private-sector
employer of aboriginal people in North America,
including almost 25 percent in management positions.
During the last decade, the company has set
aggressive targets for hiring aboriginal people and
moving them into management positions. The key
to the company’s success in managing diversity can
be found in six building blocks that align the business with the needs of the market and that ensure
that the company’s goals for diversity are achieved.
For example, the People First program is designed
to help the company achieve its targets for aboriginal participation. The first priority was to ensure
that everyone in t...
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- Spring '14