3.3 A bright IDEA: harnessing the power of internal audit in making our organizations more inclusive, diverse, equitable and accessible
As noted by the Clerk of the Privy Council for the Federal Public Service of Canada in his Call to Action on Anti-Racism, Equity and Inclusion in the Federal Public Service:
“The past several months have precipitated deep reflection on the unjust treatment of Black people, other racialized groups, and Indigenous peoples in our society. As public servants come forward and courageously share their lived experiences, the urgency of removing systemic racism from our institutions and from our culture becomes more evident.
Our leadership across the Public Service must be more diverse. Unless swift action is taken, we will fall short of effectively supporting the Government and serving Canadians. We have an obligation to our employees, and to all Canadians, to do better by ensuring that we are putting the full capacity of our entire pool of talent at the service of Canadians.”
This presentation will briefly summarize the case for inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility (IDEA), and then move into actionable steps that can be taken to support progress in this area. Actions will fall into two categories:
1) actions that can be taken internal to audit functions, to create a more inclusive, diverse, equitable and accessible environment for our teams
2) actions that the audit function can take within its work to support the progress of the organization as a whole