Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at OPB | Oregon Pacific Bank

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) at Oregon Pacific Bank

As a Community Bank, we believe everyone should be included, welcomed, and treated fairly within our organization. We are committed to focusing on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to enhance our existing culture of respect and kindness, ensuring our actions and decisions will positively impact the wellbeing of our clients, our employees, and our local community members.

We acknowledge the responsibility to deepen our understanding of the role the financial industry has played in current social and economic disparities and endeavor to be part of the solution in helping to correct these inequities. As a local community bank, we are committed to making our DEI philosophies and practices an ongoing process that continuously encourages the development of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community for all.

Diversity

We celebrate diverse visible and invisible traits, perspectives, backgrounds, preferences, and cultures, knowing that these are the fuel of success and innovation.

Recognizing that we are all more than just any one of our traits, we embrace our unique lives and experiences to strengthen our communities and each other.

Equity

We strive to participate in our communities with an empathetic awareness.  

Our goal is to approach each situation thoughtfully in order to understand the circumstances that impact the lives of those we serve and find solutions that are equitable for everyone.  

Inclusion

While our differences fuel our innovation and success, it is our many commonalities that connect us.

We want the fact that we are all human to be reason enough to welcome each other. We want everyone we interact with—our clients, our coworkers, and our community members—to feel like they have a place at Oregon Pacific Bank.

A Message from our CEO

Since 1979, Oregon Pacific Bank has been committed to serving our local communities. To me, that means serving everyone in our community. Our culture centers around kindness, respect, and inclusiveness, however, it has become increasingly clear that our existing culture isn’t enough to create lasting and meaningful change. Focusing on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is the next step in our cultural evolution.  

One thing we cannot change is the racial demographics of the communities we operate in. We truly want to strengthen our racial diversity, but it is not something that can be done with the flip of a switch. There are painful, discriminatory reasons why the racial diversity in rural parts of the state is so comparatively small. These are the deeper, more systemic issues that our collective society and industry must work together to solve. 

At Oregon Pacific Bank, our view of diversity not only includes race but also age, gender identity and expression, sexual identity and orientation, political and social viewpoint, differences in physical ability, and every other imaginable difference. I believe that celebrating our differences together makes us stronger. 

Sharing our DEI statement is not the end of the fight but merely one piece of it. We are taking action and creating goals around our commitment to DEI because we believe having an inclusive and diverse culture will foster productivity, creativity, and innovation. By publicly speaking about our DEI culture, we intend to convey that we are a bank that welcomes everyone and that we are committed to being a better community and business partner. 

I recognize that our public statement alone will not solve anything, and as a local business, we have a lot of work to do. I have been very proud to be a part of this amazing organization and prouder still that OPB chooses to publicly join our community partners in working to find a cure for inequity in all its forms. I am always open to suggestions and encourage members of the community to reach out to me personally if they have questions or constructive input. 

—Ron Green
President & CEO of Oregon Pacific Bank