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III. BECU + CREW

This year, an employee described BECU as a “destination employer,” which can be defined as a thriving, desirable workplace offering a compelling mission. A place where employees might even appreciate Mondays.

So it’s no surprise that this year, we welcomed 545 new employees to our unique, values-based culture that includes a commitment to their financial health and overall well-being. Our 2,200+ employees are BECU’s greatest asset.

Hard to believe I started at BECU 20 years ago today. So grateful to have been part of the incredible journey we’ve been on to get to where we are today. Looking forward to many more years and growth with this awesome family!” —Melissa V.V., BECU employee

Cultivating a Culture of Wellness

We invest in each employee’s mental, physical and financial health through 401(k) matches, education reimbursement, flexible schedules, ORCA card discounts, a robust health insurance plan, on-site fitness and subsidized gym dues.

We’re always expanding and tailoring benefits, too. Among the 2019 benefits of BECU employment:

Financial Healthcare

Employees with smart financial habits are better resources for their families, fellow BECU members and the wider community. So in 2019, we began offering four hours of community time off (CTO) for employees to focus on their own financial health.

Those four hours could be spent scheduling a Financial Health Check, enrolling in a financial education webinar or investigating our assistance loans. In 2019, employees could also sign up with our pilot from SaverLife, a nonprofit organization gamifying online savings, through matching dollars.

New-Parent Paid Leave

BECU is much like a (very) large family, but we also want to give our employees’ families a great start. This year, eligible employees received 100% of regular base pay for up to 12 weeks for births, adoptions and foster child placement, for delivering and non-delivering parents.

Employee Resource Groups

At BECU, we believe a robust workforce is one that feels confident in authenticity, diversity and belonging. Toward that end, we encourage everyone–part-time and full-time, employees and leaders–to apply for councils and join resource groups.

Our BILD Council is focused on “belonging, inclusion, and leveraging differences,” or BILD. Employees make a one-year commitment to attend monthly meetings. Our balanced and diverse council offers critical perspectives on BILD programs.

It is an honor to serve on the BILD council and to be given an opportunity to contribute to building an environment where employees not only accept, but seek and leverage differences.” —Aman J., BECU employee and BILD Councilmember

In 2019, our Women’s Leadership Group kicked off with 16 aspiring BECU council leaders who brought together nearly 100 employees to learn from and champion one another, while fostering a strong internal female leadership pipeline. Monthly meetings offer opportunities to hear from guest speakers, discuss leadership and personal development topics, and engage in volunteer opportunities.

Our Women’s Leadership Group was the culmination of a lot of conversations, planning, and laughs. And as excited as I am about the group, I’m also looking forward to the larger impact we can have in the community.” —Stephanie K., BECU employee and Women’s Leadership Group Councilmember

Our Veterans Employee Resource Group (VERG) offers veteran employees a chance to connect with fellow employees hailing from different branches, ranks, jobs and experiences, to discuss the transition from military to civilian work, meet at networking events and volunteer time.

VERG members volunteered to garden, decorate and maintain the landscape at Seattle’s Fisher House, which provides temporary medical center housing for the military. For the Wounded Warrior Project, VERG raised $3,000.

SPOTLIGHT: BECU Internship Program

Since our internship program began in 2007, more than 180 young adults have worked in BECU’s offices, including those from the fields of accounting, IT, marketing, finance and more. We wish we could accept everyone who applies, but we receive more than 2,500 applicants annually.

In 2019, BECU accepted 16 interns for 12 weeks, drawn from institutions such as the University of Washington, Seattle University and Western Washington University. We attracted business administration and finance students, as well as those focused on international studies, math, information systems management and data analytics.

Interns shadowed teams, developed projects and gained on-the-job experience with mentors. Interns even attended networking events, professional development and professional lunches—and participated in Financial Reality Fairs and fundraisers for the BECU Foundation Golf Tournament.

The internship program was an incredible experience. The work I did, and continue doing, is interesting and is providing me with skills that will continue to benefit me for the rest of my career.” —Linsay S., BECU intern
BECU + Sustainability

BECU’s actions on environmental responsibility and carbon emissions are important to our employees and members. Limiting our environmental impact helps support the long-term sustainability of all.

We achieved some money-smart, earth-wise accomplishments in 2019. Our efforts will bloom and grow in 2020, the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

Dedicated Leadership

In 2019, we hired a program manager to take BECU’s sustainability to the next level. The new role partners with an internal cross-divisional Sustainability Team made up of staff volunteers to help design 21st-century strategies for long-term efforts and programs.

Partnerships

We embarked on a partnership with local nonprofit organization Earth Day Northwest 2020, which centers on environmental justice, diversity, equity and inclusion, and the preservation of the natural and built environment.

Carbon Reductions

Through our EV changing stations at our Tukwila Financial Center, we supported 107 new member connections and 39 new employee connections last year. We dispensed almost 20,000 kWh, saving members and employees a total of $2,300. The program also avoided the expulsion of 8,099 kg in greenhouse gases—about the same as 208 trees growing for 10 years.

To encourage the use of public transportation, our Last Mile Lyft Program became an official employee benefit this year, and available at the Everett Financial Center as well as our Tukwila headquarters. Almost 150 employees took over 4,600 rides from public transportation stations to the workplace.

Tip: We don’t charge fees for our EV charging stations—stop by and recharge with us while checking your balance or chatting with our member consultants..

In partnership with Forterra's Evergreen Carbon Capture program, BECU offsets 2,000 tons of equivalent carbon dioxide from our total footprint. Thanks to our in-house recycling, composting, and conservation efforts, we saved 752 tons of carbon emissions, or the equivalent of:

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Read other sections of our 2019 Annual Report:

I. BECU + YOU

II. BECU + COMMUNITY

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