What we do?
The aim of the Race Equality Environmental Programme is to improve the capacity of the environmental sector to tackle racial inequality and meet the needs of ethnic minority people.
We assist environmental organisations to mainstream race equality into their day-to-day functions and all areas of organisational development, as well as increase their awareness and understanding of complex EDI issues and barriers across the sector as a whole.
Our approach is not prescriptive but is that of a ‘critical friend’ to enable organisations to build their individual capacity to initiate, improve and take effective action on their own EDI policies and practices.
The programme is fully-funded by support thanks to Esmee Fairbairn and is open to green public and third sector organisations in Scotland.
How do we do it?
Our mainstreaming programme adopts an anti-racist and human rights based approach which is tailored to the green sector. It does so through three mediums: bespoke consultancy support; general trainings and workshops; and race equality good practice briefings / toolkit.
Why do we do it?
Climate justice and social justice are inextricably linked. However, the environmental sector as a white and middle-class movement has become apparent in recent years.
As stated in the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation’s ‘Addressing the Lack of Diversity in the Environment Sector’ report, on average, only 3.1% of staff working in the environment sector are from ethnic minority groups. Beside Agriculture, the sector is the second least diverse industry in the UK.
Through CEMVO’s established connections and networks with ethnic minority individuals, ethnic minority grassroots organisations, public bodies, eNGOs, and UK-wide businesses, we aim to bridge the gap by creating effective, lasting action as opposed to patchwork, temporary solutions.