Anti-Racism and Equity Code

On April 8, Council approved a policy code to help prevent issues of systemic racism and discrimination in all aspects of PEO’s work. The new Anti-Racism and Equity (ARE) Code promotes policy development approaches that initially will prioritize the most marginalized communities, including Black, Indigenous other racialized populations, and provide a high focus on developing strategies to counter any systemic discrimination impacting persons based on gender identity—including female, two-spirit, intersex, transgender and gender variant persons.

The ARE Code stems from the work of PEO’s Anti-Racism and Anti-Discrimination Exploratory Working Group (AREWG), which PEO Council established in 2020 to develop recommendations on how best to identify and move forward on issues of anti-racism and anti-discrimination.

The Code and news releases on this initiative are available below.