Our ocean and coasts are public spaces and we believe that access to healthy and clean coasts and a vibrant ocean should be for the benefit of all people. But around the world, too many people have been excluded, disproportionately impacted, and not welcomed to our coasts. These people have been disenfranchised from decisionmaking about these shared resources.
For over four decades, Surfrider has fought for the protection and enjoyment of our coasts and ocean for all people through active engagement, but we fell short in proactively welcoming and empowering everyone to be part of our organization.
To address this shortcoming, Surfrider seeks to infuse the principles of Environmental Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) into every aspect of our work.
With JEDI principles ingrained in our work, Surfrider will become a more just and powerful organization. Diversifying our network of activists and integrating the perspectives of underserved communities helps us gain the knowledge and power to better protect the environment.
We must make these changes to further and improve the work of Surfrider and share equitably in the wealth, joy and benefits of healthy and vibrant coastal communities. To achieve that outcome, we will pursue:
Environmental Justice (EJ): .
In consultation and partnership with marginalized communities, consider the potential impacts of our work as it relates to advancing environmental laws, regulations and policy justice outcomes for these communities. Actively seek out, listen, support and amplify mission-relevant issues that impact these communities and understand our shared challenges.
Equity: Within our network (staff, chapters, clubs and board of directors), , equity means everyone has an equal chance at an opportunity, whether in hiring, board appointments, promotion, or professional development training. Equity recognizes that each person has different circumstances and allocates resources and opportunities needed to reach an equal outcome.
Diversity: The Surfrider Foundation will strive to ensure individuals from a wide range of racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds with different lifestyles, experiences, and interests, are hired, contracted and engaged as volunteers to represent the organization.
Inclusion: The Surfrider Foundation will continually work to ensure that all staff, volunteers, network members and prospective network members feel welcome and that they belong. All of our leaders and employees will demonstrate behaviors that allow diverse perspectives, opinions, and experiences to be elevated, heard, appreciated and recognized.
For over 35 years, the Surfrider Foundation has focused on grassroots organizing in communities across the U.S. to ensure that everyone has a voice when it comes to protecting and enjoying our coasts. A core tenet of our work has been to ensure the ocean, waves and beaches are safe and accessible to all people.
We are making the following commitments to elevate Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (JEDI) in our work, both internally and externally. We will measure our progress and incorporate milestones into our annual report in order to hold ourselves accountable.