We are committed to social justice, and to tackling injustice and inequality. Racial justice is a critical element in this, in the UK and across the world, and we are committed to addressing structural and systemic racism in the UK both as an organisation and through the work we support.
Why diversity, equity and inclusion:
We believe that understanding and making progress towards diversity, equity, and inclusion will be critical for delivering our mission. To do this, we have worked with the whole team to explore and agree our shared organisational values, and we are implementing a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Action Plan – involving both Trustees and staff.
We want our progress towards diversity, equity and inclusion to be measured by our actions, and are keen to encourage feedback, challenge, and new ideas from everyone we work alongside.
As an organisation, we believe that a greater diversity of views, skills, and lived experience will help generate better ideas, and will lead to better decision making.
We commit to:
- living up to our value of “equity” in our culture, systems and practices;
- working in an inclusive way as a staff and Trustee team to ensure we make progress against our action plan; and
- tracking, improving and sharing our progress.
Through our work, we have funded some significant organisations seeking to tackle injustice, including racial injustice, for many years. But we know that we need to do much more.
We commit to:
- striving for fair opportunities and outcomes for the people we work with;
- making an effort to understand and respond to people’s context, culture, and characteristics;
- funding more organisations led by and for communities experiencing racial inequity*;
- giving more long-term funding and support to organisations already in our portfolio that are working to advance racial justice;
- working with partners to identify, fund, and nurture smaller organisations led by racialised people that are working towards our impact goals; and
- using our power as a funder to influence recruitment and governance practice to be more inclusive in sectors (e.g. environment) where the majority of organisations are not ethnically diverse.
*We are using the term 'communities experiencing racial inequity' to describe people that experience inequity as a result of their race or ethnic group (often termed 'BAME'). Learn more about our language and how we classify our data on organisations.
Tracking and sharing our progress:
Our action plan is based on the recommendations of the 2019 Association of Charitable Foundation’s report Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: The Pillars of Stronger Foundation Practice. The report identifies nine ‘Pillars’ of good practice on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and we are sharing our planned actions and progress against these pillars.