Thursday, 18 March 2021
FSC UK joins the Diverse Sustainability Initiative
FSC UK has partnered with IEMA on their Diverse Sustainability Initiative, a new collaborative programme of work with the vision to transform diversity within the sustainability profession and wider environment sector.
Did you know only 3% of Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic people work in the environment profession? We believe this needs to change.
Today, IEMA are launching a key collaboration with organisations in the environmental and sustainability profession to support and mentor those diverse people working in these sectors. Inspired by the BlackLivesMatter movement and led by their CEO Sarah Mukherjee, IEMA are calling for recognition, mentoring and support for specialists who are underrepresented in the industry.
Sarah Mukherjee says: “As a British Asian, speaking with diverse people in the sector, I am shocked and saddened by some of the stories I have heard of racial inequality within the environment and sustainability profession. We have a commitment to be far more representative of this country and I urge people to sign up and pledge their commitment to joining us in supporting and encouraging new diverse professionals, wherever they are in their career.”
IEMA are launching the ‘Diverse Sustainability Initiative’ website alongside their goal to build a profession and sector that over time, is reflective of modern Britain. The purpose of the DSI is to improve diversity through education, connection, and transparency to support current professionals and increase appeal and access for future and potential professionals. With collaboration from partners, they are pledging to educate, reform and encourage the next generation of diverse professionals to join the environment profession.
By signing up, organisations are making a public commitment to improve diversity within their industries, being accountable, and making a positive difference to bring about change. This journey starts with racial diversity, before expanding into LGBT+, gender, and physical ability. Improving diversity will take a generation to achieve in its entirety as it requires a shift in mindset to engage a whole new generation of professionals.
FSC UK would like to make a public commitment to work towards improving diversity within the environment and sustainability sector, and among environment and sustainability professionals.
We will initiate this work in our own organisation by:
- Adding the issue of diversity to our risk register.
- Reviewing our recruitment processes.
- Removing names from application forms.
- Reviewing our Equal Opportunities Policy.
- Learning from others.
To find out more about The Diverse Sustainability Initiative, click here to visit their website.