Making the inaugural Women’s Forest Congress a reality will require tremendous support from a variety of sources. As a principal actor and influential organization in the forest sector, you can support diversity, equity, and inclusion in the sector and the Women’s Forest Congress in a variety of ways, including:
- Encourage employees to join the working groups and/or serve on committees and allow them the bandwidth/flexibility to do so.
- Encourage employees to attend and participate in the congress events (full in-person event as well as the smaller virtual events).
- Be intentional about the advancement of women, and men and women of color, within membership organizations and make visible to our sectors.
- Develop a set of guiding principles to address diversity, equity, and inclusion within your organization and member companies.
While financial support for the effort will certainly be needed, the above actions are a necessary first step for true engagement. Any financial support will be paired with a set of expectations/shared goals that align with and support the overall goals of the Women’s Forest Congress.
We look forward to hearing and learning how your organization is thinking about and addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion, why now, and how the organization’s influence can be leveraged to explore the complex topics facing our sector and community. This includes workforce diversity, leadership advancement for women as well as employees from diverse backgrounds, racial and social justice, and equity issues, and supporting the new faces of forest owners to create sustainable wealth for families and communities.