Diversity and Inclusion

At The Nature Conservancy, we have a strong and abiding commitment to diversity in our workforce and in the people and groups with which we work. In fact, a commitment to diversity is one of our five core values. We recognise that our mission – to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends – is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and cultures inclusive of people of all ages, genders, religions, sexual orientations, political beliefs, abilities and ethnicities.

Global threats to the environment affect people of all backgrounds, beliefs and cultures. Making a real difference requires the rich blend of perspectives, ideas and viewpoints that only a truly diverse workforce can provide.

In 2015, we hired our first Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Heather Wishik, who is a member of the Executive Team and advises it and our CEO on policy matters related to diversity and inclusion.

We support all our employees through our inclusive workplace initiatives such as the Engaging Across Difference learning laboratory and through the work of a variety of Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) including:

  • League of Employees of African Descent
  • Multicultural ERG
  • Women in Nature
  • Young and Emerging Professionals
  • Nature’s Pride (LGBT+) – In 2017, for the first time, The Nature Conservancy Australia was proud to have participated in Melbourne’s Midsumma Festival for the Carnival (15/1/17) and the Pride March (29/1/17) to demonstrate our commitment to all of life’s diversity.

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