Stratus values innovation, integrity and initiative. We are committed to supporting diversity in the workplace and encouraging the health and well-being of our employees. We believe that our diverse, dedicated and talented team is the foundation of our success and achievements. We promote a collaborative and collegial work environment that is conducive to personal growth and fulfillment as well as professional productivity.
Our focus on diversity and inclusion applies to all of our colleagues, including our directors, executive officers and employees.
We are committed to diversity on our Board of Directors and to refreshment of our Board, in order to bring new perspectives and ideas. We believe the Company's policies and practices, and its culture, help to ensure a diversity of skills, experience and tenure on the Board. We believe that all individuals should be treated with dignity and respect, and we strive to maintain a workplace that is free from discrimination or harassment on the basis of gender, race, religion, disability, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age and gender identity. Stratus is an equal opportunity employer. Our basis for recruiting, hiring, placement, development, training, compensation and advancement at the Company is based on a person's qualifications, skills and experience.
In the past two years, we have added three new, diverse independent directors to our Board: Neville L. Rhone, Jr., Kate B. Henriksen and Laurie L. Dotter. In addition, six of our seven directors are independent. The following tables illustrate the diversity of our directors and executive officers based on self-identified characteristics on an individual and aggregate basis.
|Gender (Male, Female):|
|Directors and Executive Officers||F||F||M||M||M||M||M||F|
|African American or Black||✓|
|Alaskan Native or Native American (1)||✓|
|(1) Erin D. Pickens, our Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation.|
Board Diversity Matrix
|Total Number of Directors||7|
|Female||Male||Non-Binary||Did Not Disclose Gender|
|Number of Directors who identify in Any of the Categories Below:|
|African American or Black||-||1||-||-|
|Alaskan Native or Native American||-||-||-||-|
|Hispanic or Latinx||-||-||-||-|
|Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander||-||-||-||-|
|Two or More Races or Ethnicities||-||-||-||-|
|Did Not Disclose Demographic Background||-|
As of December 15, 2022, of our 31 employees, all of whom are full-time, 19 are female and 8 are ethnically diverse. Women represent 80 percent of our executive and senior management positions.
We believe our initiatives to make Stratus an exceptional place to work have resulted in long employee tenure. The average tenure of our 31 employees is 9.7 years as of December 15, 2022.
It is Stratus' policy to promote a positive and productive work environment in which all of our employees are respected and valued. We are committed to providing and maintaining a safe and healthy workplace, and promoting the health and well-being of our employees.
As an employer, Stratus:
At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Stratus implemented additional safety protocols to protect our employees and others, including protocols regarding social distancing, health checks and working remotely. Our employees adapted quickly to the changes and managed our business successfully during this challenging time.
Stratus endeavors to operate its business in compliance with all applicable laws regarding labor and employment. In 2022, we implemented an enhanced policy focused on labor and human rights as a commitment to upholding the highest ethical standards across these important social issues.