King County Uses an Equity Lens to Guide All Decisions. King County uses an equity lens to guide all decisions. In 2010, King County in the state of Washington adopted an ordinance to use the principles of “fair and just” to guide every aspect of work across all departments and activities, from community engagement and planning to budgeting, staffing, and day-to-day operations. An Equity Impact Review Tool helps staff answer these questions: What is the impact on equity? Who is affected? How can we do better? Staff use this tool to understand the racial and economic impacts of their programs, and orient their activities to achieve equitable opportunities for all people and communities. The county also launched an Equity and Social Justice office in 2015 that helps implement pro-equity policy, offers King County employees funding for projects that further racial and economic equity, and provides a public reporting platform to help monitor the county’s pro-equity policy changes. Read more.