The Natural Capital Initiative 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.

We are committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in our activities, and adopt the principles of the Science Council’s Declaration on Diversity and Equality under our constitution as a special interest group of the Royal Society of Biology.

NCI also adopts the RSB’s objective under their Women in Biology position statement to actively seek to include women speakers in its meetings and give consideration to provisions 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
In addition to the Science Council Declaration and Women in Biology statement mentioned above, the RSB is also a member of the STEM Disability Committee, has a Returners to Bioscience group and implements a range of activities to provide equal opportunities to careers across the biosciences.