The many faces of KAEFER
When it comes to sustainability, most companies focus on three elements: the economic, social and environmental dimensions. KAEFER is not like most other companies. Which is why we have a fourth dimension to focus on: the cultural.
Why, you might ask? Because in addition to being firmly committed to the health, safety and wellbeing of our people and our environment, we believe that the cultural lives of those we are involved with are important as well. There are over 30,000 people that work for KAEFER worldwide. Each and every one of them is as different as the other. And their unique ways of thinking, acting and working are an asset to our company. That’s what forms the culture of KAEFER.
At KAEFER Canada, we embrace the diversity of those we work with and this is a true reflection of the KAEFER way of thinking and acting differently. This means creating a safe and inclusive workplace and partnering with local and Indigenous communities.
Our Indigenous Commitment
KAEFER Canada has a responsibility to work closely with Indigenous communities of Canada. We are committed to building and maintaining authentic and meaningful relationships established on trust and respect. The KAEFER Canada Indigenous Engagement Policy is our roadmap and outlines targets which hold us accountable to our commitments. We also work to formalize our relationships, such as the KAEFER Kitsumkalum Joint Venture - a long-term strategic commitment with the Kitsumkalum community.
Our Indigenous Engagement Policy is grounded on the following 4 commitments:
- Indigenous Recruitment, Training & Retention: We are committed to recruiting Indigenous talent for available positions within KAEFER. We encourage and promote ongoing support and training to enhance our employees' knowledge base. We are committed to the retention of Indigenous employees by fostering a culture that recognizes and respects cultural diversity, values, and practices.
- Indigenous Community Relations: Our relationships with Indigenous communities are grounded in respect and trust and developed through consultation and collaboration. We are committed to creating long term relations with Indigenous communities closest to where we operate (mainly Edmonton and surrounding communities, Bonnyville, Cold Lake, Wood Buffalo, Kitimat and Southern B.C.)
- Indigenous Diversity Training: We support and celebrate a diverse workforce and offer company-wide Indigenous diversity training to further the understanding of Indigenous history, culture, traditions and practices across our company.
- Indigenous Procurement: We are committed to working with Indigenous businesses to promote social and economic development. Whenever possible, we include qualified local Indigenous-owned businesses in our supply chain.
To help us convey our commitment, we partnered with an Indigenous owned design firm based in Western Canada, to help us design a label. We wanted a symbol that was unique and representative of the spirit of our commitment. We strove to represent traditional Indigenous artwork as respectfully as possible.