The Nature Conservancy has a strong and abiding commitment to diversity in its workforce and in the people and groups with which it works. In fact, diversity is one of the Conservancy's unique core values.
Since global threats to the environment do not discriminate among backgrounds, beliefs and cultures, making a difference requires the rich blend of perspectives, ideas and viewpoints that only a truly diverse workforce can provide. To that end, in the fall of 2015 TNC hired its first Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer (CDIO) to serve on our Executive Team and weigh in on policy matters related to diversity and inclusion.
Specifically, our CDIO:
- Designs and helps to implement our global strategy.
- Advises on incorporating diversity and inclusion into internal functions
- Engages with new constituencies and partners, including indigenous cultures.
- Consults on building conservation capacity that is sensitive to culture, gender and other differences.
Our "Commitment to Diversity” Initiative aims to support the Conservancy’s mission by advancing the changes necessary to have our staff, volunteers, members, trustees, donors, and conservation practices better reflect the diversity of people and communities we intend to serve. This initiative also aims to assure we develop the culture and competencies for inclusion and for leveraging the opportunities that workforce diversity can offer.
Our Executive Team Diversity & Inclusion Steering Committee is comprised of committed senior leadership across the Conservancy. They act as ambassadors and guide our Comittment to Diversity strategic plans. Senior leaders rotate through the committee every two years to ensure we are growing and learning as a leadership team.
League of Employees of African Descent
Foster leadership and development of employees of African descent in service of protecting the lands and waters on which we all depend. Learn More
Multicultural Employee Resource Group
Unleash the full potential of our racial and cultural differences around the world to protect the lands and waters upon which life depends. Learn More
Nature's Pride Employee Resource Group
Create a culture of inclusion and to leverage the full potential of Conservancy staff with respect to sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression to ensure conservation success. Learn More
Women In Nature Employee Resources Group
Leverage the full potential of women at The Nature Conservancy to ensure conservation success. Learn More
Young Emerging Professionals Employee Resource Group
Leverage the full potential of young and emerging professionals at The Nature Conservancy to ensure conservation success. Learn More
We recognize TNC’s mission—to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends—is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of men and women of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and cultures. As a result, we recruit and mentor staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects the organization's global character.