The Center for Biological Diversity believes that social, economic and environmental issues are interconnected. It is necessary to promote and embrace diversity and justice to create the social change needed to protect the environment and all who depend on it.    

In 2015 the Center created a Justice,  Equity, Diversity, Accessibility and Inclusion committee to work with Center leadership and staff in facilitating the growth and strength of justice, equity, diversity, accessibility and inclusion in all areas of our organization.  The committee is led by our people services director and made up of up to 12 members of rotating staff from a range of areas within the Center. Committee members are a resource for all staff to develop, promote and support JEDAI initiatives.

Statement on Justice, Equity, Diversity, Accessibility and Inclusion

John Lewis comic by Keith Knight
Comic by Keith Knight.

The Center for Biological Diversity deeply values, and is committed to sustaining and promoting, both biological and cultural diversity. We welcome, embrace and respect diversity of people, identities, abilities and cultures. We are committed to fostering an organizational culture of diversity and inclusion. The Center believes staff and board diversity is critical to saving life on Earth.

It is the policy of the Center to promote diversity in recruitment and hiring. The Center will provide an equal opportunity in recruitment and employment to all individuals and will consider candidates without regard to race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation and identity, national origin, age, military or veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status; and without discrimination based on socioeconomic, marital, parental or caregiving status, or any of the previously listed characteristics or statuses.

The Center values the diversity of its job candidates, staff, board and volunteers. It rejects any form of harassment, discrimination, retaliation or oppression. We encourage and require respectful communication and cooperation. Our organization is dedicated to sustaining and promoting diversity with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, training, provision of compensation and benefits, management of organizational activities and general treatment during employment.

Black Lives Matter protest photo by Joe Brusky/Flickr