At the Woodland Trust, we believe everyone deserves to have their lives enriched by trees and woods.

We believe that all people, no matter their background, identity, ability or circumstance, should benefit from trees. We believe everyone deserves equal protection from climate change. Equal air, water and soil quality. Equal opportunity to feel the positive impact of trees and woods on our minds, bodies and spirits. But currently, this is not the case. Who we are and where we live determines how much we access, enjoy and benefit from woods and trees.

We also believe our own organisation should reflect and represent all voices within our communities. But again, currently this is not the case. For example, the environmental sector as a whole is one of the least ethnically diverse in the UK. We are no different.

But we are determined to change this and we are taking action.

What are we doing?

We know that we are not yet the organisation we want and need to be when it comes to diversity and inclusion. Just as it takes time and effort to create, restore and protect woods, it takes time to grow an inclusive culture in which diversity can thrive. But we are firmly committed to real systemic change and we're starting now.

We will:

  • support and educate our workforce, especially our leaders, to recognise and consistently use inclusive and tackle non-inclusive behaviours, words and actions
  • identify and root out sources of bias from our systems, processes, policies and ways of working
  • broaden and diversify our existing networks and activities
  • listen to and involve a wider range of people in our decision-making
  • work with others, including partners and the wider sector, on actions driving systemic change
  • build evidence to show where we currently are in terms of diversity and inclusion of internal and external audiences, what barriers exist, how we can overcome these barriers, and act on the evidence gathered
  • challenge the status quo of how we have done things previously
  • report honestly and transparently on our progress, internally and externally.

Our plans for 2024

Our priorities are:

  • continuing to grow our internal knowledge and understanding of what diversity and inclusion are, how they link to our vision and how we can confidently 'call in' non-inclusive behaviours, words and actions, including through our network of 'inclusion allies'
  • launching our 10-year diversity, inclusion and anti-racism strategy, aligned to the environment sector race and ethnicity route map and informed by our all-staff inclusion survey
  • continuing to reform our employee recruitment, reviewing the impact of anonymised recruitment (where personal information is obscured from recruiting managers) and beginning to explore positive action (measures to overcome our historical imbalances)
  • continuing to review our communications to better resonate with a wider spectrum of society
  • continuing to collaborate across the environmental sector on meaningful action-focused initiatives
  • publishing information on our website, in our annual report and through initiatives like the RACE report so we can be held accountable for our commitment and progress.

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