We have a record of leading the way on social issues that impact our employees, customers and the communities we serve - including those who identify with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community. We were the first major corporate sponsor of the Toronto Pride Parade and the first Canadian financial institution to profile same-sex couples in mainstream advertising.
This year, Mediacorp recognized TD as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers, and for the fourth year in a row, TD Bank received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2013 Corporate Equality Index – distinguishing TD Bank as one of “The Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality” in the U.S.
We broke even more ground in 2012 with the release of the “Make it Better” video in support of LGBT youth - a first for Canadian banks. The story features TD employees bravely sharing their personal struggles with bullying, and the importance of family and other allies in making things better. Ed Clark, Group President and CEO, TD Bank Group also shares his message of support.
“Employees told us that bullying and teen suicide mattered to them,” explained Paul Douglas, Executive Vice President, Business Banking, and former Chair of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Allies (LGBTA) committee at TD. “Our primary goal is to reach out to youth who are struggling today and offer resources and support. Ideally, by creating this video we can reach out to potential allies and highlight the important role they play.”
When our colleagues feel comfortable sharing their personal stories, it’s a true testament to the great strides we’ve made in building a safe and inclusive workplace at TD.
“Since 2003, TD has sponsored eight national music festivals, helping to bring culture and comfort to our local communities,” said Dominic Mercuri, Executive Vice President, Community, Environment and Chief Marketing Officer. “We strive to create exciting experiences for our customers and employees every day, and what better way than through the gift of music?”
This summer, TD helped communities come together to listen to - and participate in - wonderful musical performances from coast to coast. TD invited festival goers to play a few beats on a percussion instrument to compose a collaborative piece of music, titled the TD Community Song.
More than 4,500 music festival attendees were recorded giving their best shake, rattle and roll. These clips were combined to create a truly unique piece of music. TD also hosted an exclusive TD festival kick-off event in Toronto by asking passersby to try their hand at conducting a live orchestra.
Music sponsorship continues to be a focus for TD. In 2012, the bank elevated its commitment to music by sponsoring the JUNO Awards, and forming marketing alliances with Live Nation and CTV’s The X Factor.
Now that calls for an encore.
To mark this milestone we congratulated Samuel, now a freshman at The College of New Jersey, in a special way – with a $5,000 scholarship!
“Over the past three years, it has been our pleasure to work with and get to know Samuel” said QuinnShauna Felder Snipes, Counselor at Princeton U Prep Program. “Sam has proven to be hard-working, intellectually curious, humble and kind – traits that are sometimes rare among students his age. He has faced some challenging life experiences, but the lessons he has learned as a result, along with his innate abilities, are strong indicators for success in his future, and we are confident that this scholarship will help bring him one step closer to achieving his dreams”.
TD Bank recognizes that financial literacy is essential. When such skills are taught early, young people can learn to make informed decisions and form habits that will enable them to grow up to be financially responsible adults.