Why WE works-FEB09 2019

WE is humbled and proud to be recognized as the recipient of a number of national and international awards and honours, recognizing our world-class development model and social enterprise, and the accomplishments of our team. Recognition and Awards

Frequently Asked Questions about WE

What is the composition ofWE’s leadership team? WE’s dedication to learning and development has informed our management structure and our organizational leadership. Our senior leaders—the “Heads” section—all have at least 10 years’ experience in their fields. Many come to WE after forging successful careers in non-profit, media, business development, product development, marketing and technology, and they reflect WE’s commitment to diversity in hiring; for instance, 77 percent of our senior managers are women. All members of our leadership teams serve as mentors, providing training and guidance to our directors and junior managers. People managers receive mandatory training on how to give effective feedback, assess performance and have tough but important conversations with staff, ensuring they have the tools and direction they need to be successful and to grow, both within their existing roles, and along their career paths within the broader organization. In a 2018 report onWE, consultant and coach Dr. David Baum, who holds a Ph.D. in organizational development, commented: “WE’s executive leaders’ willingness to always learn and to do better cannot be understated—they strive for improvement, constantly.… They undertake hundreds of hours of personal coaching, leadership training and working with mentors to try to constantly improve as leaders and people.” What is the level of compensation atWE? WE prioritizes setting all staff salaries, from entry level to executive leadership, at levels competitive within its sector of non- profit and social enterprise. We benchmark our salaries using industry-leading salary surveys like Toronto Board of Trade. In addition, we have partnered with compensation consultants like KCI to continuously assess our salary levels. For example, coordinators received a 28 percent pay increase over three years, starting in 2015. Some people want to knowwhat a starting salary is. In the last two years, overall starting salaries have been raised by more than 18 percent. For front-line staff—typically recent college or university graduates with no formal work experience – WE commits to providing one to two years of practical work experience that will enable them to obtain future full-time employment in the profession reflected in their earned degree or diploma. These front-line staff can expect a total rewards package worth $40,000 annually—a base salary of $35,000, plus $5,000 worth of benefits. Our co-founders, Craig and Marc Kielburger, are volunteers for WE Charity and, as such, do not receive any remuneration fromWE Charity. They do each earn a salary fromME to WE Social Enterprises, and their salaries are reviewed by KCI, an independent third party aligned with standards for Canadian charities and social enterprises. For more information, please click here. How doesWE ensure it remains in compliance with employment standards? Across the board, WE is committed to a culture of safety. As such, our People Operations and Culture team ensures that WE is not only in compliance with labour laws and industry standards for compensation and benefits, but also strives every day to exceed those standards and to provide a rewarding work environment for our incredible team of change-makers. WE has a zero tolerance policy for all forms of harassment, misconduct or discrimination in the workplace. We have a formal employee handbook, protocol and systems that clearly outline the expectations for all employees on: the code of conduct, workplace harassment and discrimination, dealing with employee misconduct, and the investigation process. It is clear to all employees the standard of conduct WE expects. Our policies provide for employees’ ability to raise concerns about health and safety, or any issue, without fear of reprisal, by reporting it to theirmanager, to anothermanager, to the Chief People Officer or anonymously through our secure onlineWE Connect internal communications platform. Conscious of the needs of our growing movement, we strive to recruit the best talent and, to that end, work to ensure that salaries for managers, directors and other senior staff, are competitive within our industry.

— Good Housekeeping Humanitarian Seal 2017

— MoneySense 2017 “The Charity 100” 2017

— Interbrand Iconic Canadian Brands 2017

— Canada’s Most Admired CEO 2015

— B Corp Certification 2015

— Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures 2016

— Notable – Canada’s Top 5 Charities Run by Young Professionals 2013

— Canada’s Top Employers for Young People 2013

— Canada’s Top Employers for Young People 2012

— Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures 2013

— Canada’s Top Employers for Young People 2011

— Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year, 2008

— World Economic Form, 2008

— Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, 2007

— Roosevelt Freedom Medal, 1998

— State of the World Forum Award, 1997

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