Our Commitment to Diversity

The Center for Biological Diversity believes that social, economic and environmental issues are interconnected and that it is necessary to promote and embrace diversity and justice to create the social change needed to protect the environment and all who depend on it.    

The Center celebrates the diversity of our staff and the partners with whom we work. We are committed to fostering a diverse pool of candidates for jobs, including as environmental organizers, scientists, attorneys, administrators, fundraisers and communications  specialists, and supporting the development of up-and-coming environmental activists and professional staff through fellowships and internships. Internally we're committed to open and thoughtful dialogue that nurtures understanding across differences, and we provide training, mentoring and resources to encourage a workplace where all staff feel welcome and valued.

DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION STATEMENT


The Center for Biological Diversity deeply values, and is committed to sustaining and promoting, both biological and cultural diversity. We welcome, embrace and respect diversity of people, identities and cultures. We are committed to fostering an organizational culture of diversity and inclusion. The Center believes staff and board diversity is critical to saving life on Earth.

It is the policy of the Center to promote diversity in recruitment and hiring. The Center will provide an equal opportunity in recruitment and employment to all individuals and will consider candidates without regard to race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation and identity, national origin, age, military or veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status; and without discrimination based on socioeconomic, marital, parental or caregiving status, or any of the previously listed characteristics or statuses.

The Center values the diversity of its job candidates, staff and board. It rejects any form of harassment, discrimination, retaliation or oppression. We encourage and require respectful communication and cooperation. Our organization is dedicated to sustaining and promoting diversity with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, training, provision of compensation and benefits, management of organizational activities and general treatment during employment.


THE CENTER'S DIVERSITY INITIATIVES


In 2014 a joint board-staff Diversity Committee formed to promote diversity and inclusion at the Center, starting with these objectives:

• Develop a hiring policy that promotes diversity.
• Identify concrete steps and sources for recruiting a diverse staff.
• Plan how to promote cultural inclusion and retention.


As part of our Diversity Committee's efforts, the Center surveyed staff to evaluate diversity and progress. In 2015 we joined the Green 2.0 initiative, which calls on nonprofits to share their diversity data as part of a commitment to improve diversity at their institutions. The Center's demographic information can be found on Guidestar. Our organization has adopted a formal diversity recruitment plan and has begun to implement it. We've also finalized a separate plan to promote equity and inclusion within the organization, which includes a mentoring program for new employees.

 

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