The Port's Commitment to Diversity
At the Port of Seattle, diversity is viewed as a source of possibility and strength. It is not an initiative or campaign. Rather, it is integral to policy, processes and programs that are woven into all daily activities within the port community.
The port assures that diversity is synonymous with our mission, goals and values. Originally adopted by the port commission in 1998, we now are developing a third edition of a port-wide Strategic Development and Diversity Plan. Watch for it on these pages in the months to come!
The port’s employment team actively seeks diverse talent pools in the hiring process. Once onboard, employees learn about the importance of diversity at the port in our new employee orientation.
Onboarding is only the beginning of employee development. Regardless of profession and background, employees have access to a wide range of development opportunities and diversity competencies are integrated into all of our leadership courses and other class offerings. These competencies are considered during performance reviews.
Since 2005, the port has sponsored a Development and Diversity Council whose chosen members participate in activities to increase the awareness of diversity at the port. This council collaborates with other employee networks including Blacks in Government, National Management Association, and Port-Wide Pride to sponsor a variety of inclusive internal and community events. Additionally, the port recognizes employees who actively demonstrate a dedication to inclusivity and awareness of diversity with the annual “Charles Blood Champion of Diversity Award.”
Our Commitment to the Region
The port’s Office of Social Responsibility (OSR) partners with our diverse community on projects such as the Small Contractors and Suppliers program which provides small businesses access to opportunities at the port. Beginning in 2008, OSR also has teamed with Human Resources and Development to run a successful Veterans Fellowship Program designed to assist veterans transitioning from military service to civilian employment.
“We understand that diversity encompasses a wide range and depth of cultural, gender based, philosophical and racial spectrums, and will commit to embrace, relate to, and value those qualities and conditions that are different from our own.”
– Port of Seattle Inaugural Diversity and Development Council