Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion Policy:

Our employees and Board of Directors are our greatest assets and we care about their welfare and professional growth.  We value the unique perspectives and backgrounds of our employees, and work to expand the diversity of our workforce and to be inclusive in our approach.  It is the policy of Defenders of Wildlife to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to their race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, or any other characteristic protected by law, in all personnel actions.

We believe that we are also diverse in our characteristics and experiences.  Defenders welcomes and celebrates all differences including differences of thought and opinion.  We recognize that conservation of biological diversity is best advanced by the contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, experiences, beliefs and cultures.  In our efforts to be inclusive and to expand diversity, we strive to provide additional support to people that might experience additional and unfair barriers as the result of difference.  

Our commitment:

  • All employees will be helped and encouraged to develop their full potential. The talents and resources of the workforce will be fully utilized to maximize the efficiency of the organization and its conservation mission.

  • To create an environment in which individual differences and contributions of all staff are recognized and valued.

  • Every employee is entitled to a working environment that promotes dignity and respect to all. No form of intimidation, bullying or harassment will be tolerated.

  • We strive to make training, development, and progression opportunities available to all staff. 

  • We will continue to review our employment practices and procedures to ensure fairness and equity.

  • This policy will be reviewed annually.