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.
- * Includes respondents self-identifying as a minority ethnic or racial group, a religious minority, a person with a disability, LGBTQI+, and/or another minority group.
- Data source: GlobeScan / The SustainAbility Institute by ERM State of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Sustainability Professionals, 2021.