The Wildlife Trusts believe that everyone should have the opportunity to experience the joy of wildlife in their daily lives, that’s why we’re committed to putting equality, diversity and inclusion at the heart of our movement.
We’re Wild About Inclusion! To us, this means inspiring, empowering and engaging people from all backgrounds, cultures, identities and abilities, to change the natural world for the better and take action to help wildlife in their daily lives.
We know that not everyone has equal access to nature. Therefore, it’s important for us to better understand and address inequalities experienced by many communities in accessing nature, improve connection and inclusivity for all and ensure everyone is able to benefit from wildlife.
We also recognise that the conservation sector is one of the least diverse professions in the UK. We are committed to ensuring we reflect and represent all parts of society by improving access to jobs and training opportunities for groups currently under represented in our sector.
Our people are very important to us, so we’re wild about cultivating inclusive work spaces that are free from discrimination, where differences are valued, everyone can be themselves and flourish, just like nature!
Our EDI vision is that:
More people, from all parts of society, are engaged in the work of The Wildlife Trusts and are closer to nature as a result of us becoming reflective of, and more meaningful to, our communities.
Our people are ‘Wild about Inclusion’ and embrace increasing the diversity of our staff, Trustees, volunteers and members as crucial to our success in bringing about natures’ recovery.
We are currently finalising our EDI ‘Wild About Inclusion’ Strategy, which will be published here shortly.
We want to improve our understanding of how The Wildlife Trusts can be more inclusive and accessible, and are really keen to work with organisations who aim to improve access to nature for diverse groups or are keen to improve EDI in the conservation sector. Please get in touch with us by emailing email@example.com.
EDI and Covid-19
Now more than ever, it is clear that parts of our society are disproportionately affected by the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak due to deeply entrenched inequalities. We are committed to ensuring EDI remains a key organisational priority and taking the necessary steps to address how these issues will impact on our staff, volunteers and the audiences that we hope to engage with.