We believe this work makes us stronger, fosters a fair and equitable environment, and promotes a culture of collaboration and respect.
We’re committed to providing a safe, respectful space that allows everyone to thrive and celebrates a wide range of backgrounds, skills, abilities and points of view.
Our Social Equity Policy goes beyond simply being fair. It promotes equal opportunity for all in an environment where voices are heard and accommodated, and everyone can participate, prosper and achieve.
Within our organization, each department is committed to developing an equity action plan. This helps ensure our focus on heeding voices and removing barriers for those who traditionally have been under-represented.
Our organization and community benefit from the contributions of a diverse and inclusive workforce.
A welcoming workplace embraces all regardless of race, age, gender, orientation, skills, style or interests. We aim to be truly inclusive—valuing the uniqueness of each employee and encouraging you to bring your whole self to work.
Biases can influence how we work, so we provide employee training focused on challenging systemic bias and exploring what inclusion really means. We encourage honest conversations to help employees understand the concept of privilege and learn strategies to incorporate all voices.
Port of Portland (PoP) Culture team members work to shape our workplace by continually improving our focus on these important areas. These employee volunteers work directly with departments and colleagues to identify areas for improvement and implement positive change.
As a public agency aspiring to be a leader on equity, we value working with others to expand thought leadership and advance best practices.
We frequently partner with other public agencies—including Prosper Portland, Metro, and the City of Portland–as well as non-governmental and nonprofit organizations such as the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, Centro Cultural, Verde and Living Cully, Portland Workforce Alliance, Airways Science for Kids, St. Johns Center for Opportunity, and IRCO to advance social equity within our organization and throughout our community. We’ve also consulted with several local nonprofits in the design of our social equity program.
We’re dedicated to helping small businesses grow and succeed. Through mentorship, on-the-job training and special programs, we increase opportunities for these businesses, as well as companies led by minorities, women and veterans. We’ve also partnered with several public agencies to share best practices on how construction projects create employment opportunities for underserved communities.