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ClientEarth Communications

28th April 2021

Tackling racism and championing equality, diversity and inclusion

ClientEarth’s Board, Senior Leadership Team and staff are all deeply committed to tackling racism and inequality, and building a workplace where everyone is treated equally, difference is valued and positively encouraged, and our workforce reflects the diversity of the countries we work in.

We know that we have a role to play in tackling inequality in the countries where we operate, both through the way that we run our organisation and through the work that we do. Climate change and harm to the environment does not affect us all equally, and we’re working to promote environmental justice through all of our actions.

Like many across the globe we were deeply affected by the spotlight that was shone on issues of racial injustice in 2020. We committed ourselves to listening, learning and reflecting on what more we could do within our organisation, and the wider societies in which we work, to champion equality, diversity and inclusion.

At the time, we recognised that quick fixes and communications exercises weren’t good enough, and we committed to long-term change. In July of last year we began that process. We started to build our own knowledge and understanding. We had difficult conversations.

Our staff, Senior Leadership Team and Board united behind an approach of building a long-term (3-5 year) plan, but also taking immediate action where we could. In the last eight months we have:

We know that there is much more that we need to do, and we want to be held to account on our progress by all of our key stakeholders. As we finalise our long-term plan, and start to deliver on it, we will update regularly on our progress in tackling racism and championing equality, diversity and inclusion.