a group of people posing for an outdoor photo in multicolored shirts
Midsumma Pride Parade 2016 TNC supports the LGBT community in Australia and globally © Tony Jupp/TNC

How We Work

Diversity, Equity 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.

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 our global Executive Team and advises it and our CEO on policy matters related to diversity, equity and inclusion.

a group of people in multicolored shirts
Midsumma Carnival 2016 where TNC had a tent to support the LGBT community in Australia © Tony Jupp/TNC

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+)