Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

Our Commitment

What we are doing...


The environmental sector is considered one of the least diverse working groups in the UK.

We want to ensure our charity plays its part in addressing and changing this.

Our vision is to see people helping our Westcountry rivers flow freely and teem with life, while valuing our most precious of resources, water. 

To achieve this in the region, we will work with the Rivers Trust movement, other relevant organisations, and within our own charity to address and promote equality/equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) within our work.

We are proactively embedding this commitment across the trust. 

To start, we are building on staff policies and have created an EDI Working Group.

From February 2021, we will:

  • Review our policies and update
  • Seek advice and support from experienced and diverse organisations
  • Participate in the River Movement baseline survey and Working Group
  • Create opportunity for staff training and talks 

This is an ongoing commitment from us.

If you would like to support our EDI development, please email [email protected] 



Our Evidence & Engagement Officer Sarah Ward has been working with the Chartered Institution of Water & Environmental Management (CIWEM) to create a new network for the LGBTQ+ community within the water and environment sector.

Find out all about it at ciwem.org/wem-pride.

And listen to letstalkwem.ciwem.org/episodes/pride


A useful guide from Warwick University to getting pronoun use right: warwick.ac.uk/services/equalops/getinvolved/initiatives/lgbtua/getpronounsright/