Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice

  • We believe that climate solutions must be equitable to be effective and durable.
  • We believe that climate justice means ensuring the benefits of the transition to a net-zero-emissions economy are shared and that marginalized and vulnerable populations—who suffer the brunt of a changing climate—have the resources and access to advocate effectively for their priorities.
  • We believe we will only be effective in developing and advocating for climate solutions if we have a diverse range of voices and perspectives represented within C2ES, in our work, and among our partners.
  • We aspire to do more than we have achieved previously, and acknowledge we have much to learn from others. We will listen first and accept feedback.
  • We believe having varied perspectives and experiences generates better ideas to solve complex problems and helps elevate issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

We will hold ourselves accountable to:

  • Increase the diversity of our staff, interns, and Board of Directors, particularly with respect to racial diversity, through intentional actions, including hiring and recruitment practices.
  • Make decisions equitably and ensure transparent internal and external communication.
  • Create an inclusive organization where everyone feels welcome, heard, and engaged.
  • Develop and track metrics to gauge organizational progress toward DEIJ goals.

We will strive to incorporate climate justice into our work by:

  • Leveraging our access to business leaders and policy makers to ensure they hear from a diverse group of voices, including those of historically marginalized communities.
  • Seeking out experts with diverse backgrounds, experience, and perspectives to inform our research and analysis.
  • Considering how policies we advocate may affect vulnerable communities, and actively seeking solutions to implement them equitably.
  • Using our convening power to elevate issues of climate justice and forge a consensus around just climate solutions.