At Guardian, our most valuable asset is our diverse human capital base. Relationships matter most, and we strive to create a progressive and accepting corporate culture which promotes and celebrates the diverse skillset and opinions of our employees. We continue to pursue and retain the finest human talent in the Pacific Northwest as exemplified by the truly gifted employees who work at the company.
Differences in age, ethnicity, family and marital status, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, religion, political affiliation, gender identity or expression, socio-economic status, sexual orientation and veteran status give our corporate culture vibrancy and vision to drive our success.
With a workforce of approximately 600 employees, 26.5% of our employees self-identifying as a member of an ethnic minority. And, 47% of our workforce is female including the leadership of the women that comprise 60% of our Executive Management Team.
Our ongoing diversity initiatives include – but are not limited by – recruitment and selection, compensation and benefits, professional development, training, promotions, transfers, social and recreational programs.
Guardian’s leadership is also committed to supporting youth education. Guardian has played a role in a college preparatory education program that grants primarily minority and lower-income high school students’ access to high quality education and post-secondary studies. Each term, we offer onsite internships to four De La Salle High School students in our Portland offices.