8th October 2020

IEMA is the professional body for everyone working in environment and sustainability. They are committed to supporting, encouraging and improving the confidence and performance of all these professionals, helping them to enhance their profile and recognition.


They believe in changing perceptions and attitudes about the relevance and vital importance of sustainability as a progressive force for good.



IEMA’s Public Diversity Commitment


IEMA aims to create a diverse workforce and a diverse sustainability profession by engaging with partners of the Diverse Sustainability Initiative and reviewing internal practice. Our membership and corporate partnerships will be representative of our global community. We will do this under the three pillars of the Diverse Sustainability Initiative: educate, connect, and open.


Educate


IEMA will educate stakeholders on the experiences of different groups within society and how they can support in breaking down barriers for access and progression, which will lead to a more diverse workforce.


We will achieve this by:


  • All IEMA staff undertaking a training programme to identify how they can make changes in their role to support all members by the end of 2022.

  • Establishing reverse mentoring within IEMA for staff to learn about experiences of their colleagues and others within the sector by the end of 2022.

  • Undertaking research, along with partners of the Diverse Sustainability Initiative, to gain a wider understanding of the challenges and barriers that limit access and progression by the end of 2021.

  • Using the findings from this research to generate actions for IEMA’s Diversity Strategy by the end of 2021.

  • Working with partners of the Diverse Sustainability Initiative to develop an education programme to assist in creating systemic change by the end of 2022.

  • Promoting opportunities to engage in the Diverse Sustainability Initiative education programme to all key stakeholders of IEMA by the end of 2022.

Connect


IEMA will work with partners of the Diverse Sustainability Initiative to create and support meaningful networks that provide a platform for and amplify voices of underrepresented communities.


We will achieve this by:


  • Providing an opportunity for all IEMA members to join and engage in sector-wide professional networks that are hosted by the Diverse Sustainability Initiative by the end of 2022.

  • Ensuring that the website development project enables members to better connect into relevant communities by the end of 2022.

  • Working to increase number of members in different areas of the world, growing the opportunities for members to connect with all cultures and communities.

Open


IEMA will improve the transparency of our work to improve diversity to ensure that we can be held accountable, and we will ensure that systems and processes are accessible to all.


We will achieve this by:


  • Adding diversity to the IEMA risk register, ensuring that progress is monitored at Board level, by the end of 2021.

  • Attending and contributing to the Diverse Sustainability Initiative accountability group to report on progress every six months.

  • Undertaking an Equality Impact Assessment of IEMA membership, including application and upgrade processes, costs, benefits, and standards by the end of 2022.

  • Undertaking an Equality Impact Assessment of IEMA’s internal HR policies and practices by the end of 2022.

  • Monitoring and improving the diversity of IEMA’s webinar panelists and event speakers to ensure that those given this platform are representative of different identities and cultures.

  • Reviewing IEMA’s brand to ensure we are representative of the cultures and communities we seek to engage.

  • Partnering with the Race for Nature kickstarter programme and employing two new members of staff through this programme by the end of 2021.