In 2017 a Policy Exchange report showed that the occupation of ‘environmental professional’ was the second-least racially diverse in the UK, after farming. NUS followed this up with their own study in 2018 which further quantified the lack of racial diversity in the sector.
The RACE Report aims to address race diversity within the environmental, climate and sustainability charitable sector, and hold organisations accountable for their initiatives towards a safe and diverse workplace. We aim to create a positive learning and progressive environment, in which organisations embrace social change instead of shying away from the systemic realities of racism.
There have been a number of collaborative groups and initiatives set up within parts of the sector, such as, the Race for Nature Recovery, IEMA’s Diverse Sustainability Initiative, Wildlife and Countryside Link’s work with Full Colour, and some internal task groups in larger organisations like the RSPB and The Wildlife Trusts.
We believe that now is the time to work with the sector to agree a standardised reporting protocol for race data and to collect and publish the data on an annual basis. This should serve as a catalyst for meaningful action to tackle the barriers that are preventing more people of colour from working and thriving in the sector.
Green 2.0 is an annual league table of staff racial diversity in the top 40 environmental not-for-profits and top 40 environmental foundations in the USA. Following the success and impact of the campaign in the USA, we plan to develop our own version, called the RACE Report, in the UK in 2022.
May 4, 2023
Sign-ups for 2023 launched: Speeding up diversity and inclusion in environmental charities.
December 13, 2022
The RACE Report campaign reveals that just 7% of those working in the environmental charity sector identify as people of colour or ethnically minoritised groups, compared with a 14% nationally