"Diversity within a management team and the inclusion of members from the local area can enhance human capital, the economic benefit to the local community, and the organization’s ability to understand local needs." - GRI Guidelines
Ecology has a diversity policy and program with the following mission: "To foster an internal culture that recognizes, values, and is strengthened by the diversity of all employees; and to help build a workforce that better reflects Washington's diverse communities."
Ecology does not have a hiring policy of preference for local residents. Hiring practices are governed by the principle of Equal Employment Opportunity: that everyone should have the same access to opportunities. The core of diversity and affirmative action policies and practices is for equal access to full participation.
Equal employment opportunity means to provide equal access and opportunity to anyone who qualifies, regardless of sex, race, age, color, religion, mental or physical disability, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression and/or military status. Covered groups cannot be excluded from participation of employment opportunities.
The economic dimension of sustainability concerns the organization’s impacts on the economic conditions of its stakeholders and on economic systems at local, national, and global levels.
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