Intuit Canada partnered with Highline Beta to launch the Intuit Prosperity Accelerator, where a global cohort of tech startups will help solve financial prosperity challenges that Canadian consumers, self-employed and small businesses will be facing in the wake of COVID-19. We engaged employees across function and business units to build this program, and have given 18 of Intuit’s Innovation Catalysts the opportunity to work closely with founders to design and execute pilots that will make a real impact for Canadians.
Innovation Catalyst, Mississauga
"It is such a rewarding experience to be part of the Intuit Accelerator Program. Working alongside startups and supporting them through the program has been one of the many opportunities at Intuit to do meaningful work"
Due to COVID-19, thousands of low-income Canadians who would normally prepare their taxes through Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) clinics saw their appointments cancelled, leaving many of Canada’s most vulnerable people in need of a way to file their taxes. Intuit Canada and the Intuit Financial Freedom Foundation partnered with WoodGreen and Prosper Canada to launch a pilot program that allowed clinic users to learn to prepare their own taxes virtually. With the help of Intuit volunteers, coaching, mentoring, and more general support from trained volunteers will be made available by phone or video conference.
In these tough times, it’s important that we stand together to help each other and our communities when we can. Intuit joined GoFundMe’s Small Business Relief Initiative, giving all employees $50 to support a local SMB impacted by COVID-19. In Canada, we donate $25,000 across a number of small businesses. Hear from one of the beneficiaries.
As COVID-19 disrupted the world, Intuit’s customers faced new financial and technology challenges. Our Canadian team has stepped up in many ways, collaborating virtually from their homes, cross-functionally and across borders, to help our customers overcome new, unprecedented challenges around the globe. From Intuit Aid Assist, to real-time TurboTax chatbots – our employees used their talent to innovate quickly to make a difference for our customers when it mattered most.
This year, Intuit made bold and affirmative goals about our commitment to DEI. Our updated strategy declared a renewed commitment to supporting the intersections of Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and women in tech communities. In addition to a continued global pay equity analysis, Intuit has implemented inclusive leadership and anti-racist training, created the Racial Equity Advancement Leadership team, and welcomed both Sheldon Cummings, Chief Diversity Officer, and appointed Tekedra Mawakana, Waymo’s Chief Operating Officer, to our Board of Directors.
The Intuit Ally Program is a global employee-run education initiative focusing on making the workplace a Safe Space for everyone. As we strive for equality and inclusion across all of our sites, we recognize that we need to create a workplace that lets everyone bring their whole-selves to work each day. As part of our continued commitment to building a culture of belonging, we held a number of virtual events and initiatives in support of our LGBTQ+ employees: we welcomed a new Pride ERG leader in Mississauga, recognized International Pronoun Day, centered POCs in our Pride celebration, and hosted an information session about Fostering LGBTQ2S Inclusive Work Environments.
“There is great emphasis put on: 1) Mental and emotional health 2) Bringing your entire self to work 3) Getting feedback and actively implementing changes 4) Growing and developing yourself”
Bringing your whole self to work holds new meaning while working from home. We heard from our employees that balancing work-life demands was among the greatest barriers to success in this time. With this in mind, we have doubled down on wellness offerings. We have expanded the Well-being for Life benefit, implemented company-wide Recharge Days, transitioned fitness programs to virtual, offered flexible work options, offered access to mindfulness programs.
“The benefits, especially as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, have been very accommodating and generous. As an employee I'm very appreciative of the efforts the company has made to make me feel like I matter. “
At Intuit, “We Care and Give Back” is not only a key company value, but it’s a practice all of our employees are encouraged to undertake in both their work and home lives. Intuit not only helps communities directly, but we also have policies in place that empower our talent to support causes that matter most to them. We provide all full-time employees with 40 hours per calendar year that they can take away from work to participate in volunteer causes of their choice. Both our Edmonton and Mississauga employees participated in our fourth annual “Week of Service” – this year, taking our efforts virtual. Together, employees across the globe volunteered 3301 hours and donated US$106,681!
Edmonton Site Leader, Edmonton
“What ‘We Care and Give Back has always meant to me is the chance to go and build stronger communities in the places we live and do business. I look at our current environment of social unrest and it gives me more reason to go and do more.”