Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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Our approach

We are committed to understanding, tracking, improving and sharing our progress on diversity, equity and inclusion both as an organisation and through our work. 

To do this, we are using the recommendations of the 2019 Association of Charitable Foundation’s report Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: The Pillars of Stronger Foundation Practice to guide us. 


What this means

The ACF report outlines eight ‘Pillars’ of good practice on diversity, equity and inclusion which are listed below. We will share our planned actions and progress against these pillars here in 2020 and 2021.

So far, we have held a staff meeting to discuss the pillars of good practice and how we think Esmée measures up to each. We also gathered anonymous responses via an online staff survey. Through this we identified pillars 1, 3, 4, and 6 as the first priorities for Esmée and suggested some practical ways forward in addressing them. We also highlighted the need for greater organisational understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion. 

The pillars of good practice will be discussed at our July 2020 board meeting, after which we'll share our approach to addressing them here. 


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Pillars of good practice
Pillar 1 Invests time and resources in understanding and defining diversity equity and inclusion

Pillar 2

Produces and reviews strategies that will implement DEI practices
Pillar 3 Collects, tracks and publishes DEI data on its own practices and performance 
Pillar 4 Has a diverse Trustee board and staff team both in terms of demographics and experience. 
Pillar 5 Reflects and implements DEI practices in its funding practices
Pillar 6 Expresses its DEI commitment and policies and practices publicly
Pillar 7 Makes itself accountable to those it serves and supports.
Pillar 8 Uses its own power to advocate and advance DEI practices
Pillar 9 Collaborates with others to promote and implement DEI practices