Diversity and inclusion is a business imperative and a continuing goal of our bank. It is part of who we are and everything we do, from recruiting and engaging our employees to selecting vendors and reaching out to our customers.
At Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution, we know that in addition to hiring and retaining talented staff, we are committed to serving the customers and communities in our marketplace. We know that, in order to be successful, our workforce must be representative and reflective of the individuals and the areas that we serve. We therefore embrace and respect among our employees differences in age, race, ethnicity, disability, gender, gender identity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation and veteran status. We believe that, by doing so, we can deliver better service to our customers and our communities, and enable our own organization to thrive.
It is our goal to develop a culture of fostering, developing, and preserving diversity and inclusion throughout our organization. We not only endeavor to document our commitment to diversity in our policies, but we also reflect our strong belief in diversity in our employment practices, our recruitment and hiring, compensation and benefits, and the continued development of our employees. Our goal is to continue to create an environment where employees are valued for their differences and, as a result, are able to contribute their best to the work that we do.
At Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution, we strive to maintain relationships with high quality, and when available, diverse vendors. We recognize the role of a diverse vendor base in maintaining operational excellence and the Bank is committed to developing relationships with qualified diverse suppliers. We invite diverse businesses including minority owned, women owned, veteran owned, and disabled owned businesses to pursue and maintain relationships with us.