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Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion

We embrace diversity of thought, experience and background to make better business decisions. We believe that through diversity and inclusion, Cenovus has the ability to solve its challenges, seize its opportunities and unlock innovative solutions.

We provide a safe workplace, apply fair labour practices, treat our workforce with dignity, fairness and respect and support the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Our Workplace Violence & Harassment Prevention Standard articulates our expectations of staff and highlights the values that foster a diverse and inclusive workplace.

In February 2020, our Board revised its Board Diversity Policy to reflect the company’s commitment to the principles of diversity. The policy now includes a 2025 aspirational target to have at least 40 percent of independent members represented by women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities.

Diversity and inclusion leadership

Cenovus has a Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee comprised of staff at all levels across the organization who share information and champion grassroots diversity and inclusion initiatives on their teams.

In the fall of 2019, we set up a more formal council, the Diversity and Inclusion Council, that includes senior leaders to implement diversity and inclusion initiatives at an organizational level. 

Diversity and inclusion training program

In 2019, we developed our internal diversity and inclusion training program. The program began with the launch of Project Inclusion, in which staff completed an eight-week program to link inclusive behaviours to performance and engagement. While Project Inclusion is still ongoing, we have also embedded a half-day diversity and inclusion training segment in the Leadership Foundations Program, a program that all frontline leaders will complete over the next two years. In addition, we have developed a three-part training series for interested Cenovus teams.

Diversity and inclusion networks

We have built a charter and governance framework for staff who would like to start a resource network and have two main networks within Cenovus.


PRIDE@Cenovus is a grassroots, staff-led resource group aiming to advance the dialogue on LGBTQ+ challenges and opportunities in the workplace, while fostering a safe and positive environment for everyone regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression.

In 2019, Cenovus’s PRIDE@Cenovus took part in its first Pride Parade in Calgary. This was a significant milestone as the Pride Parade Committee has a stringent evaluation process which requires demonstration of a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Stronger Together with Women@Cenovus

With over 525 members, the Stronger Together with Women@Cenovus Network is a grassroots, staff-led resource group that provides an engaging and supportive community to empower both women and men to develop themselves personally and professionally. The group has hosted fireside chats with senior executives, events during International Women’s Day and encourages participation through knowledge sharing, keynote speakers and advice for female leaders, working parents and young professionals.