Our Commitment To Equity, Inclusion & 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, class, religions, abilities and ages and empowers them as individuals and as a team. CLF values and promotes equity, inclusion and diversity in our board, staff, Friends Grassroots Network, supporters, 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 in public lands (advocacy, access, stewardship, recreation, and management).
  • everyone connects and engages with nature in a way that reflects their culture, experiences, and personal preferences nature.
  • everyone should have access to public lands and inclusive experiences within them.
  • the future of conservation is tethered to connecting the diverse youth of today to the outdoors; they are the next generation of environmental advocates, public lands users, and innovators.
  • exposure and connection to the outdoors resulting from access to public lands has important physical and mental health benefits for individuals and communities.
  • a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization improves the bottom line, attracts more talent, increases retention, and fosters innovation.
  • diversity yields more creative, collaborative, synergistic and effective outcomes.
  • engaging in equity, inclusion, and diversity work is necessary for CLF to continue as a leader of the environmental movement.
  • talented employees are more likely to stay if there is an inclusive workplace culture and employees will be happier.
  • equity, inclusion, and diversity are essential in achieving our mission to protect, restore and expand the National Conservation Lands through education, advocacy, and partnerships.

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 equity, inclusion, and diversity into conservation priorities, program strategies, Friends Grassroots Network, workforce, structure, budget, business practices, communications and workplace culture.

 

Definitions:

DIVERSITY is any dimension that can be used to differentiate groups and people from one another based on which we may be treated differently in society.

Dimensions of diversity include but are not limited to variation of 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, class, veteran status, and other aspects of identity that make us unique. Respect for and celebration of the diverse perspectives, work experiences, lifestyles and cultures we each bring to the table drives innovation and allows our organization to thrive.

INCLUSION is celebrating, welcoming, and elevating diversity to a state of being valued, respected and supported.

It’s about making a conscious effort to focus on the needs of individuals and ensuring the right conditions are in place for  persons 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.

EQUITY is an approach to ensure all people  have  equal access to the same opportunities, whether that is access to public lands and the experiences they offer, the benefits of a healthy environment including clean water and air, and job and partnership opportunities within Conservation Lands Foundation, our Friends Grassroots Network, and partner organizations.

CULTURAL COMPETENCE is our ability to interact effectively across various dimensions of diversity; to flex with difference. Cultural competence is a set of congruent behaviors, attitudes, and policies that come together in a system, agency, or among people and enables that system, agency, or those people to work effectively in cross-cultural situations.

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