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2014 Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)

Our Workforce

Labor Practices (LA1, LA4)

As of June 30, 2014, Ecology had a total workforce of 1,633 individuals. The total number of Ecology employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement was 1,272 or 77.9% of the workforce.

Diversity and Equal Opportunity (LA13)

Diversity is both a value and a goal for Ecology. As a value, diversity describes a workplace where the unique qualities, values, and perspectives of all individuals and populations are respected. As a goal, Ecology’s workforce should reflect the diversity of the people in the state of Washington who are served by Ecology.

The characteristics of workforce diversity are varied as you can see in the information provided below.

Total workforce by gender, race/ethnicity, age, veteran status, and disability

Management employees by gender and race/ethnicity

Ecology employs 170 managers in the Washington and Exempt Management Services (WMS/EMS). These managers make up 10.4% of the agency’s total workforce.

Ecology will continue to carry out its strategic plan for developing and managing a highly skilled, engaged, and diverse workforce to protect, preserve, and enhance Washington’s environment for current and future generations by:

  • Building proactive partnerships with colleges, universities, professional associations, and other community-based organizations to expand and enhance our recruitment of new and diverse talent.
  • Re-tooling the recruitment process with consulting services that are aligned with business sustainability and succession planning objectives and goals.
  • Integrating workforce planning into program level planning so that we can build depth in the knowledge, skills, abilities, and behaviors that drive organizational success.
  • Updating and enhancing our Supervisor and Manager training program, including a new curriculum to promote employee engagement to meet the challenges of a changing workforce.
  • Promoting and supporting behaviors that build a culture of respect, recognition, and feedback.

Washington Conservation Corps

Ecology helps fund the Washington Conservation Corps (WCC), an AmeriCorps program that serves priority areas of environmental stewardship, disaster services, and veterans and military families. The WCC works directly with local, state, and federal agencies, as well as local non-profit entities around the state on various projects such as wetland and riparian habitat restoration, creation, and enhancement. Specific tasks include, but are not limited to, planting native trees and shrubs, removing barriers from blocked culverts, installing riparian habitat structures, eradicating invasive plant species, constructing livestock exclusion fences, and erosion prevention.

Accomplishments in Fiscal Year 2013
Number of native trees or shrubs planted 575,000
Area cleared- invasive species, litter, etc. 686 acres
Erosion control 2,024 feet
Fencing installed or improved 25,119 feet
Stream habitat opened 14 miles
Total area cleaned or improved 654 miles

WCC’s secondary focus is disaster response. The crews are trained in response to oil spills, wildland fires, hurricanes, floods, tornados, and other natural disasters. On March 22, 2014, Washington State faced one of its largest natural disasters on record, the State Route (SR) 530 landslide.

In response to the SR 530 landslide, WCC:

  • Deployed 83 AmeriCorps members and 25 staff providing assistance over the course of one month. Each crew deployed for fourteen 16-hour days for a combined total of over 18,500 hours served.
  • Served 13,700 meals to responders. Collected and distributed 6,350 pounds of donations.
  • Constructed 9,400 feet of drainage ditches, cleared 3,500 feet of trail, spread 3,300 feet of gravel, and cleared 220 obstruction trees from in and around the debris field.
  • Designed a recycling system to divert aluminum, glass, plastic, batteries, and food scraps from the landfill.

Collective bargaining is an important form of stakeholder engagement. It helps build institutional frameworks and facilitates collaborative efforts to enhance the positive social impacts of an organization.