Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Vision Statement

The Surfrider Foundation is committed to fostering a just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive organization for all people who protect and enjoy the world’s ocean, waves, and beaches. Our success and impact depend on learning from our community, standing in solidarity with our allies, and working towards a more just future, both for our organization and the environmental movement as a whole.

Our Commitment to Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Since our inception in 1984, 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.


  • We will ensure that our work to protect and enjoy our ocean, waves, and beaches is for all people by including a broad representation of all members of our communities. We will embody the diversity of the communities in which we work. This is to ensure that a full range of interests are represented in our advocacy

  • We will call out systemic racism and work aggressively to remove any institutional barriers that add layers of disadvantage and environmental injustice to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities.

  • We will promote openness and tackle microaggressions. There is no room for discriminatory behavior, such as bullying and harassment, in our organization.

  • We will train managers, staff, and chapter leaders to identify and address microaggressions.

  • We will promptly investigate every issue of discrimination, harassment, and unconscious biases. For any that do arise, we will investigate every situation and ensure it receives prompt and decisive action.

  • We will ensure that environmental justice plays a role in all of our campaigns.

  • We will support and work together with neighboring organizations that are also fighting to protect the coastal environment in complementary arenas. 


  • We will provide training to our staff on unconscious biases and incorporate JEDI training for our board, staff, and our chapter and club network.

  • We will distribute JEDI educational materials, including historical information on environmental racism, to share with our chapter network and staff.


  • We will commit to being anti-racist allies in support of BIPOC and other underrepresented communities throughout our work.

  • We will engage with BIPOC organizations and BIPOC environmental experts so that our activities meet the needs of all communities, speak to a variety of cultural needs, and seek to remove any institutional barriers and biases we may have in our organization.

  • We will only participate in coalitions that meet our JEDI standards and advocate for the greater inclusion of BIPOC led groups

  • We will create opportunities to support BIPOC youth to engage a broader set of perspectives, support emerging leaders, and build a more diverse environmental movement. 


  • We will use our communications platform to amplify the voices of BIPOC by sharing their experiences and advocacy via our communications channels.

  • We will leverage our social media to amplify the messages of our diverse allies working on environmental and social justice issues.

  • We will create opportunities to support BIPOC youth to engage a broader set of perspectives, support emerging leaders, and build a more diverse environmental movement. 


  • We will incorporate JEDI into the DNA of the Surfrider Foundation by taking actions to increase our diversity on our board, our staff, in our chapter and club network, and with our vendors and coalition partners.

  • We will mandate that a diverse pool of applicants be considered when hiring employees, contractors, and vendors. We will make allowances for remote work so that our office location is not a barrier.

  • We will use the equity and empowerment lens as a transformative tool to improve the quality of our planning, decision-making, and resource allocation, leading to more racially equitable and comprehensively inclusive policies, procedures, programs, and activities.