Gender Diversity Policy
Since its creation, Parachute Strategies has been 100% women-owned; however, we understand that 1. (cis) women are not the only gendered minority and strive be inclusive of trans and non-binary people and 2. we must always remain open-minded to change.
Our goal is to have a workforce that is gender diverse in all job classifications and levels and to ensure that all genders are equitably represented in senior leadership, executive and board roles. More specifically, Parachute Strategies is a State of Oregon COBID certified Women-Owned business and is committed to always be at least 51% women and / or minority (ethnic or nonbinary) owned going forward.
Parachute Strategies relies on social decision making, meaning every employee’s voice is valued in the decision-making process. Parachute Strategies also seeks to foster a culture in which the organization recruits, retains, and promotes traditionally underrepresented genders in areas/roles where that gender has historically been marginalized or otherwise discouraged from participating.
Ethnic Diversity Policy
Parachute Strategies is committed to the hiring, retention and promotion of racially and ethnically diverse employees. Our retention and promotion strategies are focused on providing a culture and work environment where racially and ethnically diverse employees have the opportunity to be successful in their careers and to be represented at all levels of the organization including senior leadership.
Our human capital is the most valuable asset we have. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities and talent that our diverse employees invest in their work represents a significant part of not only our culture, but our reputation, goodwill and long-term success. We aim to create a welcoming, supportive, and collaborative environment where full participation is valued and voices from diverse backgrounds and perspectives are heard.
Parachute Strategies’ racial and ethnic diversity initiatives are applicable—but not limited— to our practices and policies on recruitment and selection, compensation and benefits, professional development and training, mentorship and sponsorship, work and project assignments, promotions, transfers, social and recreational programs, layoffs and the ongoing development of a work environment built on a premise of racial equity that encourages and enforces:
- Respectful communication and cooperation between all employees.
- Teamwork and employee participation, permitting the representation of all groups and employee perspectives.
- Work/life balance through flexible work schedules to accommodate employees’ varying needs.
- Employer and employee contributions to the communities we serve to promote a greater understanding and respect for traditionally underserved and historically marginalized populations.
To date, Parachute has committed to:
- Posting job opportunities in publications and online resources that cater to local BIPOC communities.
- Hiring a BIPOC summer intern from Emerging Leaders Initiative.
- Sponsoring events such as the Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs Youth Entrepreneurship event.