Safety | Ethics | Diversity
& Inclusion | Environment

We don’t just speak our values, we live them.


Workplace and jobsite safety are top priorities at The Washington Companies. Our dedicated employees strive each day to provide high-quality products and customer service for our clients. We owe it to them to provide a workplace free of unnecessary hazards and risks associated with their work.

Our company meets and exceeds occupational safety standards in all of our respective industries. We continuously take extensive precautions to make every physical job site accident and injury-free by implementing rigorous safety protocols and informing communities of potential hazards in their area.

Southern Railway of British Columbia Limited (SRY) is committed to a healthy, safe, and secure workplace. The company’s Core Values of Safety, Passion, Integrity, Citizenship, and Excellence guides every decision and action. SRY expects each individual to have personal responsibility for adhering to Core Values, being engaged in a healthy, safe, and secure workplace, and contributing to a positive Safety Culture.

In 2020, Montana Resources was awarded the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Health & Safety Operational Excellence Award for fostering a culture of safety that included top-to-bottom leadership commitment, staff education and the integration of new work practices.


Serving our customers with honor and integrity is a way of life at Washington Companies. Mr. Washington and his family built our company with a sense of mission, purpose and desire to change the world for the better. We hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards and thrive to create a culture where purpose and profit go hand in hand.

Code of Ethics

Our code of ethics applies to every member of The Washington Companies family. In all of our dealings within our company and among our North American and international stakeholders, we comply with all applicable laws and regulations. Because our company is headquartered in the U.S. but operates in Canada and overseas, jurisdiction in our transactions can be complex. Our dedicated legal and compliance team ensures all of our employees are fully briefed on the applicable laws and standards of our projects.

Report an ethics violation

Washington Companies embraces business practices that create long-term value and enhance our reputation for honesty, integrity and safety. Every reported instance of a code of conduct violation is thoroughly investigated, typically in tandem with outside counsel. You can report a workplace ethics violation online.

Diversity and Inclusion

Fostering a diverse and inclusive working environment is one of our core endeavors. A diverse workforce leads to greater creativity, innovation and success. Our working environment is one of mutual respect and inclusion so that every team member significantly contributes to our mission of delivering superior service to our customers and communities.

Seaspan has established an Employment Equity & Diversity Committee across the organization. The Committee will act as an advisory to Seaspan employees and leadership to help us achieve and maintain a workforce that represents the communities in which we operate.

Washington Corporations’ Leadership and managers attend annual diversity and inclusion training to ensure we are fostering a culture that is respectful, inclusive, and reflective of all the people.


With a longstanding commitment to reducing emissions, rail is one of Canada’s greenest transportation modes. On average, freight trains are three to four times more fuel-efficient than trucks. Just one locomotive can haul a tonne of goods more than 220 kilometres on a single litre of fuel, while removing upwards of 300 trucks from congested roads in the process. Shifting just 10 per cent of freight from trucks to rail, for example, would reduce GHG emissions by around 4 megatonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent. Since 2005, Canada’s freight railways have reduced their GHG emissions intensity – the rail sector’s carbon footprint relative to the volume of goods moved – by 25.1%.

Seaspan’s Marine and Shipyard divisions are certified under the Green Marine program. Green Marine is an environmental certification program for the North American marine industry. It is a voluntary, transparent and inclusive initiative that addresses key environmental issues through its 11 performance indicators, eight of which are applicable to Seaspan’s operations.