The Natural Capital Initiative (NCI) recognises that a diverse community of people drawn from the widest pool of talent is needed to achieve the sustainable management of our natural capital.

As a special interest group of the Royal Society of Biology (RSB), NCI aims to actively promote diversity and inclusion across all of its activities and strives to continually acknowledge areas for improvement. We additionally endeavour to promote equal opportunities amongst our community. Examples of how this is achieved include pro-actively seeking diversity among invited speakers; ensuring that all event locations are easily accessible; guaranteeing that everyone in attendance of meetings is free from harassment or discrimination, and through the provision of resources that enable participation by individuals with caring responsibilities.

Partner policies

James Hutton Institute
In May 2014 the James Hutton Institute became one of the first organisations of its kind to be awarded the Athena SWAN Charter status.  The Athena SWAN Charter recognises commitment to advancing women’s careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in academia.  The institute was awarded Bronze status.

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
CEH is a public-sector research centre – part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), and adopts the Research Council Equality and Diversity Policy for its employees and activities

British Ecological Society
The British Ecological Society values the diversity and wide range of perspectives that people from different backgrounds bring to their work and to ecology. It is the BES’s policy to ensure that no one engaging with BES activities is disadvantaged or receives less favourable treatment such as but not limited to age; physical & mental disability; physical appearance; gender identity; marriage or civil partnership; pregnancy, maternity or paternity; race, religion & belief; gender; sexual orientation or socio-economic background. The British Ecological Society’s Equality and Diversity Working Group was established in 2016 to develop and oversee the delivery of the Society’s equality and diversity work.

The Royal Society of Biology
The RSB has been actively engaged in promoting diversity and inclusion in the biosciences, most recently under the collective banner #BiosciencesForAll. The RSB is a member of the Athena Forum, STEMM Disability Advisory Committee and signatory of the Science Council Declaration on Diversity. The RSB also host a Diversity and Inclusion Working Group (DIWG) comprising of representatives from our Member Organisations, who come together for regular discussions and implement a range of activities to provide equal opportunities across the biosciences.