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Living Our Values

The way we work

NW Natural supports an environment that creates opportunities, encourages respect and trust, and values diversity and an inclusive approach to the work we do.

 
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Employees taking action

 
 

Employee-led programs such as the Diversity & Inclusion Council, the Women’s Network, and the Green Team develop programming and engagement opportunities that build awareness around issues important to coworkers, families, customers and our community.

 
NW Natural employees turn out for the annual Portland Pride Parade in the Old Town/Chinatown neighborhood.

NW Natural employees turn out for the annual Portland Pride Parade in the Old Town/Chinatown neighborhood.

Pride Parade

Dozens of NW Natural employees, family members and friends joined the more than 150 organizations taking part in the 44th annual Portland Pride Parade in June, celebrates members and allies of the LGBTQ community.

Efforts by NW Natural's Diversity & Inclusion Council and other volunteers helped make this the most widely attended since NW Natural first took part in 2013.

Glenn Puzio submitted this picture of he and his wife Jodie for the company’s bike photo contest in 2018.

Glenn Puzio submitted this picture of he and his wife Jodie for the company’s bike photo contest in 2018.

Bike More Challenge

Seventy NW Natural employees, including 18 first-time participants, took part in the May 2018 Bike More Challenge, pedaling more than 12,000 miles in commutes, races and rides for fun.

The company’s new headquarters facility will include 120 bike parking spots, giving employees another great reason to ride.

Doing good looks good—even if you have to wear a hairnet. NW Natural employees and family members support the Oregon Food Bank with packaging food at volunteer events like this one.

Doing good looks good—even if you have to wear a hairnet. NW Natural employees and family members support the Oregon Food Bank with packaging food at volunteer events like this one.

Oregon Food Bank packaging

NW Natural’s Women’s Network hosted a volunteer event at the Oregon Food Bank in October.

Employees, friends and family members helped package almost 50,000 pounds of food. That translates to 41,283 meals for people in need.

 

Code of Ethics

 
 

Conducting business with integrity

All of NW Natural’s nearly 1,200 employees must complete the company’s Business Integrity Program every year, with results reported to the company’s board of directors.

In 2018, the company completed a significant update to its training program, which includes a Code of Ethics and online module program with a focus on helping employees to understand their responsibilities and make the right choices in the workplace.

This effort led to the 2018 national award for Best Ethics and Compliance Program (Mid-Cap) at the Corporate Governance Awards.

 
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Workforce of the Future

 
 

Building job skills

A new recruiting initiative aims to increase women and minority representation in the company workforce via a paid internship program for construction jobs.

The Construction Internship Program is the first of its kind for NW Natural, offering six-month paid internships with training and mentoring. The goal is to attract candidates who may not have a typical background in underground construction.

Representatives from departments across NW Natural worked to develop a successful pilot, reaching out to the Urban League of Portland, Oregon Tradeswomen, Constructing Hope and Partners in Diversity for help recruiting and retaining qualified applicants.

 
NW Natural’s new Construction Internship Program creates opportunities for qualified candidates. The first cohort included several interns who transferred into full-time positions with the company in 2018.

NW Natural’s new Construction Internship Program creates opportunities for qualified candidates. The first cohort included several interns who transferred into full-time positions with the company in 2018.