EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part one of a three-part series on the Canadian auto industry’s drive for racial diversity, from the office to the shop floor.
Hyundai Canada President Don Romano foresees the day when the automaker’s senior management will reflect the country’s diversity.
“Our executive ranks are not going to look anything like they look today. They’re going to look more like what our customer base looks like, which isn’t a bunch of old white guys like me.”
Amid the growing calls worldwide to stamp out racism, the automaker recently enacted a series of measures, including the use of artificial intelligence, to weed out unintended bias in its hiring practices.
Hyundai’s action plan began with a June 3 companywide email from Romano stressing the need to combat racism in Canada.
While Hyundai has increasingly emphasized employee diversity in recent years, it would push its efforts even further, the email said.
Currently, about 37 per cent of Hyundai’s 227 employees in Canada are nonwhite. The company plans to increase that percentage, although it won’t be setting internal targets, said Lydia Bowser, Hyundai Canada’s senior manager of human resources. Such a target, she said, “creates wrong behaviours and bad decision-making. We want our growth to be credible.”
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