Steven C. Cooper is the Chief Executive Officer for TrueBlue, Inc., North America’s leading provider of blue-collar staffing. TrueBlue is the parent company for Labor Ready, Spartan Staffing, CLP Resources, PlaneTechs, TransTechs, Centerline and PTS.
The success of our company is a reflection of the quality and capability of our people. TrueBlue is committed to providing a supportive work environment in which all individuals realize their maximum potential, regardless of their differences. I wholeheartedly affirm this commitment and want to announce our newest journey — the implementation of a formal diversity and inclusion strategy at TrueBlue.
In today’s world, it is not enough to employ a workforce with varying backgrounds and views. We also need to welcome the differing experiences and perspectives we all bring when we work together. Embracing diversity and fostering an environment of inclusion brings out the best in everyone and delivers optimal results to our stakeholders.
Our definition of diversity is broad and encompasses what makes each one of us unique. Of course, diversity includes traditionally recognized categories such as race, gender, ethnicity, age, religion, sexual orientation, veteran’s status and disability. With that said, our definition of diversity also comprises diversity of thought, individual talent and the distinctive perspectives that accompany our identity. Having true diversity means we understand and appreciate that each person can contribute somethingdifferent to our company, whether it is a learned talent or the empathy that comes with life experience.
As TrueBlue’s Chief Executive Officer, I am committed to fostering, recognizing and embracing the diversity that our employees and others bring to TrueBlue. I expect each of us to cultivate an environment of inclusion where each person is valued and everyone is encouraged to contribute, learn and grow as we strive to serve each other and our customers.
Our diversity and inclusion strategy includes three priorities:
We are committed to seeking out the best talent and retaining a workforce that broadly reflects our communities and the communities we serve.
We are committed to cultivating a culture that fosters inclusion and encourages collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that individuals can contribute to their full potential and enable opportunities for retention and advancement.
We are committed to developing strategies and processes that equip our leaders with the ability to achieve and maintain diversity in their areas. All these efforts will help to institutionalize a culture of inclusion and accountability.
To help identify opportunities and guide us in our efforts, I have chartered a cross-enterprise Diversity & Inclusion Council.
I hope you can join our journey at TrueBlue where we believe in limitless possibilities. We are at our best when we work with each other to build relationships based on trust that draw from all segments of society and value fairness, diversity and inclusion.