Our Commitment To Diversity

Conservation Lands Foundation (CLF) is committed to becoming a model organization that provides equal opportunity and a work environment free from discrimination.  CLF welcomes and strives to unite people of all ethnicities, genders, sexual orientation, socio-economic situations, religions, abilities and ages and empowers them as individuals and as a team.  CLF values diversity and promotes inclusion in our board, staff, Friends Grassroots Network, supporters, and in the communities we serve and the places we seek to preserve and protect.

We believe that:

  • there are historically underserved and underrepresented populations in our country and community and we need to actively identify and eliminate barriers to ensure their full participation.
  • diversity is essential in achieving our mission to protect, restore and expand the National Conservation Lands through partnerships.
  • diversity yields more creative, collaborative, synergistic and effective outcomes.
  • diversity is necessary for CLF to continue as a leader of the environmental movement.

Our vision is for the conservation community to reflect the diversity of our nation. As we approach this representative diversity, we envision the conservation community becoming more comprehensive and effective in its work, to the benefit of all. In order to achieve this vision, CLF will engage in a set of conscious practices to incorporate diversity and inclusiveness into conservation priorities, program strategies, Friends Grassroots Network, workforce, structure, budget, business practices, communications and culture.

In broad terms, diversity is any dimension that can be used to differentiate groups and people from one another. It means respect for and appreciation for these differences in such a way to foster productive dialogue among various viewpoints. Dimensions of diversity include but are not limited to differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make our employees and colleagues unique.

But it’s more than this. We all bring with us diverse perspectives, work experiences, lifestyles and cultures. Embracing these differences drives innovation and allows our organization to thrive.

Inclusion is a state of being valued, respected and supported. It’s about focusing on the needs of every individual and ensuring the right conditions are in place for each person to achieve his or her full potential. Inclusion should be reflected in an organization’s culture, practices, decisions and relationships that are in place to support a diverse workforce.

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