Social engagement

We recognize the fortunate position we hold as a successful company in a stable industry and prosperous society. Water Street Engineering believes in giving back to our community. This means that we donate corporately, and also support our employees’ own volunteer efforts.

Financial Support of Charitable Causes

We donate 1% of our billed professional fees to charitable causes. Starting 01 Jan 2019, we will direct 1% of WSE’s professional fees on every invoice to Canadian charities that are important to our employees and our clients. These are cash donations, and are in addition to time and resources volunteered.

Each year our staff nominates one or more charities that they would like to support, and that have values consistent with our values as a company, and those of our clients.

 An independent third party will confirm that we have met this commitment on an annual basis.

Employee Direct Action

We support our employees’ own volunteer efforts by contributing time and resources. To this end, the company provides both paid and unpaid leave annually to each employee for participating in charitable activities. We also allow office space and equipment to be used by employees to support their volunteer activities.

Corporate donations and employee volunteer efforts are done in accordance with our corporate Charitable Donation Policy.

inclusion and diversity

In keeping with the Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia Human Rights and Diversity Guidelines, we affirm the fundamental principle that all persons have the intrinsic human right to be treated fairly and with dignity. We expect our staff to conduct themselves in a manner that promotes and encourages recognition of this right. Discrimination, harassment, or intimidation that violates the human rights of others is not tolerated.

Diversity and Inclusion

We recognize that all people bring different qualities, abilities, skills, knowledge, experiences, perspectives and attitudes to work and that valuing and making the most of these differences can improve the workplace for individuals and enhance our overall performance. Diversity includes, but is not limited to, differences in race or colour, religion, gender identity or expression, disability, age, ancestry, ethnicity, marital status and family responsibilities, sexual orientation, and political beliefs.

Recruitment and Selection

We recognize the value of diversity in our workplace and strive to promote fairness and equal employment opportunities. The decision to employ or engage an individual is based on merit, including the ability and commitment to carry out the role. We seek to address conscious and unconscious bias in recruitment through a panel interview, with the involvement of the Principals in the process.

Career Development and Succession Planning

We are committed to identifying and implementing programs that will assist in the development of a broader and more diverse pool of skilled and experienced employees. We seek to develop our employees to prepare for higher levels of responsibility by offering equal opportunities for career development based on knowledge, skills and leadership prospects for future success.

All of the above is done in accordance with our corporate Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Policy.