We focus on addressing historical inequities and using our resources to make the region we love even better, never forgetting our commitment to all those who live and work near our facilities.
We prioritize diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) for three key reasons.
We recognize that our actions influence the socioeconomic and environmental fabric of our region. Our work should help all communities in the region prosper, not limit opportunities.
Historically, policies and practices in Oregon have produced persistent racial inequalities that resulted in unfair outcomes for under-served communities. Addressing these inequities will help further expand economic prosperity in a region with rapidly changing demographics.
Welcoming and inclusive organizations have a high-performing, innovative workforce. Greater racial equity also creates a healthier, better informed and more diverse workforce. This helps to expand the purchasing power for all people including women and people of color – a win for individuals, organizations and the region.
We are committed to long-term systemic work to advance diversity, equity and inclusion.
In February 2018, our Commission approved a social equity policy that leads with racial equity and elevates three core principles:
Our employees lead several efforts to advance equity and inclusion. Our Port of Portland (PoP) Culture team – a diverse representation of employees – meets regularly to identify areas for improvement across our DEI work and implement positive change. Employee Resource Groups (ERG) – voluntary, employee-driven groups organized around a shared interest or identity – host cultural and educational events, trainings and fundraisers to advance a variety of important efforts.
Instead of a one-size-fits-all approach, we asked the 18 different teams across the Port to use these guiding principles and develop their own equity action plans – making our high-level commitments concrete at a departmental level. The common ground across these individual strategies became our social equity plan, which was approved by the Commission in early 2019 and features three distinct business priorities:
We are committed to learning and growing on this journey.
When something really matters to you, you pay close attention to its progress. That’s how we feel about our DEI work.
Through clear strategies and success metrics, we plan to track every detail that can help us make good, smart decisions. This work has just kicked off, but we pledge to share our results on an annual basis starting in 2020, which marks a year after the launch of our social equity plan.
Track our progress: Explore data on the Port’s progress in advancing racial equity in its recruitment, retention and promotion efforts.