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Insight of the Week: A Third of Sustainability Experts Identifying as Minorities Have Experienced Discrimination in Their Careers

Insight of the Week: A Third of Sustainability Experts Identifying as Minorities Have Experienced Discrimination in Their Careers
Insight of the Week
02/07/2021
Tove Malmqvist

A Third of Sustainability Experts Identifying as Minorities Have Experienced Discrimination in Their Careers

% of Respondents Identifying as Minority Group Who Have Experienced Discrimination in Sustainability (n=93), 2021​

Among sustainability professionals who identify as a member of a minority group,* more than one-third say discrimination has negatively affected their career in sustainability.

In a recent survey of 496 sustainability experts in 75 countries, only 12 percent say they are part of a minority racial or ethnic group, and even smaller proportions identify as religious minorities, LGBTQI+, or disabled, suggesting a lack of diversity in the sustainability field.

These findings are a call to action for the sustainability community to recommit to diversity, inclusivity and anti-discrimination.

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