Nature for All is LINK’s equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) project which is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. For further information on the project, please see LINK Campaigns: Nature for All.
The environment sector is one of the least ethnically diverse in the UK. In partnership with Natural England, Wildlife and Countryside Link (England) commissioned the diversity and leadership consultancy Full Colour to conduct research exploring the factors affecting progress towards greater ethnic diversity within our sector, and from this, to develop a route map for change. The ‘Route Map Towards Greater Ethnic Diversity in the Environment Sector‘ was launched in October 2022. The route map intends to give direction and advice to help organisations within the environment sector take action on improving ethnic diversity.
The route map is accompanied by a guidance manual, providing practical advice and guidance for how organisations can implement the route map.
Please see Ethnic Diversity Route Map Resources for more detail on the route map, guidance and advice for taking action in your organisation, and materials for communicating about the route map internally and externally.
In signing up to the route map, Scottish Environment LINK is making the following commitment:
“Our organisation is committed to achieving the outcomes of this route map to create a more ethnically diverse and inclusive environment movement. Organisations across the sector may take different paths to achieve these changes, but we are united in our conviction that change is necessary. We intend to create a more inclusive culture and more inclusive ways of working, to address racism and barriers to progress for people of colour, and to increase our ethnic diversity. We are determined to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to be part of our vital environmental mission.”
We hope that our member organisations and supporters follow us in joining Wildlife and Countryside Link’s route map in enhancing ethnic diversity in the environment sector.
A steering group for the project supports the EDI Officer by offering advice on priorities and activities, revising draft documents, and monitoring progress towards project objectives. The meetings are chaired by the EDI Officer.
The meetings are bi-monthly for the first 4 months; quarterly for the rest of the project year; and twice a year until August 2025. The project year started in September 2022.
Meetings are maximum 2 hours long.
All members are committed to attending meetings and/or revising documents. We are an inclusive group and recognise that participation and contribution can be through verbalising thoughts in meetings or writing thoughts on revised documents/chain emails.
LINK members of the steering group are WWF Scotland; RSPB Scotland; LINK; Scottish Badgers; Woodland Trust; ERCS; Froglife; and Hebridean Whales and Dolphin Trust. CEMVO, who support the project, also sit on the Steering Group.
If you have any questions on the EDI Steering Group, please contact LINK’s EDI Officer, Leigh Abbott.
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