Did you know only 3% of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people work in the environment profession? We believe this needs to change. Today (19 March), the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA) are launching a key collaboration with organisations in the environmental and sustainability profession and NGOs, to support and mentor those diverse people working in the environment. IEMA are calling for recognition, mentoring and support for specialists who are underrepresented in the industry.
IEMA are launching the ‘Diverse Sustainability Initiative’(DSI) 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 ranging from the Environment Agency to Bat Conservation Trust and the RSPB, we are pledging to educate, reform and encourage the next generation of diverse professionals to join the environment profession.
By signing up with the DSI, Bat Conservation Trust is making a public commitment to improve diversity by making a positive difference to bring about change. Although this is a long-term goal, the purpose is to improve diversity through education, connection and transparency to support current professionals and increase appeal and access for future and potential specialists.
Kit Stoner, CEO, BCT: “Our sector is not representative of the society we live in and we need to proactively address this. It’s not just the right thing to do, it is essential that we do this. We need diverse voices to stand up for our natural world.”