Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Izaak Walton League of America is committed to a workplace culture that values and promotes diversity, equity, inclusion, equal employment opportunities and a work environment free of harassment and hostility.

This includes:

  • Applying principles of diversity, equity and inclusion to achieve equal employment opportunities for qualified individuals of all backgrounds

  • Recruiting, retaining, engaging, supporting, developing and advancing underrepresented and diverse applicants and employees, including, but not limited to, women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals and other individuals who are underrepresented in employment in organizations focused on conservation, outdoor recreation or volunteer science

  • Promoting respectfulness, cultural awareness and inclusivity by:
    • fostering a collaborative work environment in which all employees have an opportunity to participate and contribute
    • empowering and providing a safe space for all employees to express themselves, exchange ideas and feel heard
    • encouraging employees to be open and curious about others' experiences and perspectives

Diversity includes but is not limited to differences in race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, religion, age, national origin, military or veteran status, and/or other categories protected under federal, state or local law. Diversity also includes differences in backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, thoughts, interests and ideas.

Inclusion means ensuring that all employees are valued, heard, engaged and involved at work and have full opportunities to collaborate, contribute and grow professionally. While the Izaak Walton League strives for diversity among employees, the purpose of this policy is not to favor certain individuals or groups or have the effect of excluding other individuals or groups.

All leaders, managers and employees have a shared responsibility to understand the importance of diversity and inclusion and to help ensure the Izaak Walton League fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace. The League prohibits retaliation against employees for making good-faith suggestions or complaints regarding the organization’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.