We strive to create a diverse and inclusive workplace environment as a way of living our core value of respect where we cultivate a climate of mutual respect, camaraderie, and teamwork. We welcome diverse backgrounds, views, and skills because we believe it results in stronger teams, inspired solutions, and greater agility as an organization.
Boise Cascade is an equal opportunity employer. We’re committed to maintaining a diversified workforce by encouraging the hiring of minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. More than policies and practices, we see creating a diverse work environment as putting our core values into action.
In 2018, Boise Cascade’s senior leadership began a journey into a deeper education around Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) beginning an intentional effort to learn and improve in this area. We recognized this as an opportunity to demonstrate our pursuit of excellence as a core value.
We want to be a company that embraces differences in educational background, geographical location, work experience, ideas, and skillsets. Doing so will attract a wider range of candidates for open positions and retain employees longer because they feel comfortable being themselves at work.
Creating who we want to be
We have embarked on several initiatives to create an environment that not only accepts, but nurtures, individual differences so our employees feel confident in their ability to contribute to our collective success.
Through the work of these initiatives, we want to identify opportunities that will broaden our thinking and develop a framework for future activities. It’s essential to get contribution from each individual and collaborate with others to become a stronger, more creative organization. We seek to be an employer of choice not only today, but years from now.
By creating a climate for inclusion, we build powerful relationships with each other that will contribute to our company by:
- Empowering diversity
- Improving communication
- Bridging differences
- Reducing bias
- Enhancing performance
- Developing trust
- Connecting people
- Resolving conflict
Establishing our direction
We have established a cross-functional work group across multiple regions with input from our business leaders. The group will identify opportunities to make positive changes to our work environment and help develop our Diversity & Inclusion strategy following this model:
- Learn through education and dialogue
- Build a framework that will support continuous improvement
- Implement initiatives over time
By leveraging this team of diverse people, talent, and ideas, we will build an inclusive workplace environment that is more than policies and practices. It will influence how we live our core values, who we are as a company, how we operate, and how we see our future.
Collaborating with the Community
Boise Cascade supports and participates in the Diversity & Inclusion pillar of the Blue Sky Institute (BSI) at Boise State University. BSI brings together diverse stakeholders and partners from across a wide range of business, health care, government and non-profit organizations.
The collaboration among these cross-disciplinary and cross-sector partnerships is an opportunity to discuss common social problems and generate intentional solutions. Through their efforts the community’s most deep-rooted social problems can be positively impacted at a systems level.
Since 2019, we have been an annual sponsor of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Summit which brings individuals together to learn how to influence change. The summit empowers participants to take an active role in shaping an inclusive culture by providing the tools necessary to become a D&I advocate in the community where are headquartered.
Ensuring a harassment-free work environment
We have policies in our Code of Ethics that guides the actions and behaviors of anyone working for, representing, or partnering with Boise Cascade. The code establishes the expectations for ensuring we have an inclusive work environment that is harassment-free.
We have an open-door policy that encourages employees to speak with their supervisor, local HR representative, or any member of management about any work-related issues, suggestions, or ideas.
If an employee is uncomfortable with those options, we also provide a CARE Line, which offers employees a confidential way to report behavior or activity they feel may be unsafe, unethical, or illegal. The CARE Line offers a risk-free way to ask a question or report a concern where employees can choose to remain anonymous if they prefer. A third-party vendor manages the reports and maintains the content on their secure server.