Forbes: Why Environmental Organizations Need Diverse Leadership?
Forbes – December 13, 2022
By Marybeth Gasman
Green 2.0, a campaign working to increase racial and ethnic diversity among environmental organizations, issued its annual NGO and Foundation Report Card (2022) today. The report card includes data on racial and ethnic diversity pertaining to full-time staff, senior staff, organization heads, and board members from over 80 environmental Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) and foundations. According to the report card, in 2022, 36.5% of full-time environmental NGO staffers identified as people of color, up 3.5% from 2021. While this increase indicates one area of progress, more needs to be done to address the lack of diversity across the green movement as people of color continue to be underrepresented.
Andres Jimenez, executive director of Green 2.0, shared, “To build a winning climate movement, we need people of color represented at all levels of environmental NGOs and foundations. Our report card shifts the center of gravity towards greater equity by holding organizations accountable.” He added, “I’m heartened to see the progress across the movement. But while more foundations have shared their data than ever before, we need to encourage more to be transparent and to participate so we can build a more effective movement.”
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