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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Statement

At Waterwise, we’re committed to driving equity and preventing discrimination at work and in the work we do. We know that simply having a diverse workforce is not enough. We want to create an inclusive environment within Waterwise, and in our work and events, where everyone can contribute their best and develop to their full potential. We celebrate and value how different everyone is, and we work hard to ensure everyone is treated with dignity and respect. This aligns with our ‘People’ value that we will prioritise staff wellbeing, and will be an inclusive, kind and positive team.

A great deal of our impact is delivered in partnership. We commit to engaging and collaborating with a wider range of communities, to help deliver climate justice and social justice through water efficiency. We will use our independence to drive more equity, diversity and inclusion in the environment and water sectors, positively influencing where we can.

What we’re doing already

We are taking steps such as anonymous applications and focusing on skills and not just experience, to debias our recruitment to the Waterwise Board and staff team. We measure the diversity of our Board and staff team annually and we have measures in place to drive and measure inclusion at work, and how it feels to work here. We seek to ensure a wider range of voices at our events by setting ourselves targets and have had some success on this, but have more to do. We factor climate justice into our work streams. We have updated our vision to make clear that it includes everyone. 

Next steps

We commit in 2023/24 to continue to measure a) the diversity of voices at our events and in our campaigns; and b) in more depth how it feels to work for and with us – our level of cultural maturity towards an inclusive environment and approach. We will report against this and the existing measures set out above in 2024 – this baseline will inform our future equity, diversity and inclusion targets and goals.

This EDI statement and our wider EDI policy will be reviewed on an annual basis. 

Update: April 2024

As part of our ongoing commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, we are happy to share that we are now members of Race Equality Matters – learn more about the organisation here.