This Declaration aims to rally the executive leaders in Canada’s Free to Grow in Forestry Initiative to advance diversity and inclusion within the workplace. It outlines a specific set of actions they intend to take to cultivate a trusting environment where all ideas are welcomed, and employees feel comfortable and empowered to have an open dialogue about diversity and inclusion. …As leaders of some of North America’s largest corporations and associated organizations such as Government Departments or industry associations, as well as smaller family-operated businesses, we collectively manage thousands of employees and play a critical role in ensuring that inclusion is core to our workplace culture and that our businesses and organizations are representative of the communities we serve. Moreover, we know that diversity improves corporate performance, drives growth, enhances employee engagement and is, therefore, good for the economy. Simply put, organizations and businesses with diverse teams perform better.