Diversity and Inclusion Statement

IFAW is sensitive to the diverse cultural, legal, societal, political and religious environments in which we work to improve the lives of both animals and people.

We take a broad view of diversity, understanding that the societal definition is constantly evolving. IFAW is privileged to have a rich cultural workforce from varying backgrounds. We value these qualities, experiences and unique work styles as we implement projects around the world. IFAW has a core belief that a supportive, respectful and inclusive environment best advances our mission to protect animals and the places they call home. We believe our core values and mission are strengthened when all members have a voice and are encouraged to contribute.

IFAW is committed to investing time and resources to support our workforce and professional collaborations, as well as engaging the future generation of conservationists from diverse backgrounds. Equity, diversity and inclusion are an active process that requires continuous commitment, and it is the collective responsibility of IFAW leadership, management and staff to ensure IFAW operates with good intent and practice.

Creating and sustaining a diverse and inclusive environment where active engagement occurs across IFAW requires fair and open policies and practices. We actively work to address and eliminate acts of harassment, hate and violence that could negatively impact our ability to effectively engage and work together. We oppose any actions that threaten our organizational mission and the rights, integrity, dignity, or humanity of our colleagues, partners and the local communities in which we operate. We embrace the following actions to encourage diversity and inclusion.

  • Fostering a culture of open-mindedness, compassion and inclusiveness among staff.
  • Actively building a community whose members have diverse cultures, backgrounds and life experiences.
  • Developing and implementing a variety of programs and services to promote diversity and understanding of differences.
  • Creating and maintaining opportunities for engagement, education, and discourse related to issues of equity, diversity and inclusion.