Statement on Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The Foodshed Alliance is committed to advancing justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) in all areas of our work, including our programs, communications, and advocacy:

  • Through hiring and appointing diverse staff and board;
  • By increasing the diversity of our supporters and those we support and broadening the scope of the individuals, organizations, and partners with whom we work;
  • By educating ourselves, being fair and transparent;
  • By listening to, and learning from diverse communities to increase our cultural awareness;
  • By improving our ability to address issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice, both internally and externally.

Commitments

We commit to policies, staffing, and practices that reflect a sustained and robust dedication to diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and the improvement of our organizational culture. We commit to building lasting partnerships and strengthening our JEDI work through advocacy and programs. This commitment includes:

  • Establishing recruitment, retention, and promotion strategies so that staff and board better reflect the diversity of New Jersey.
  • Cultivating an internal work environment in which marginalized individuals feel safe, understood, and valued.
  • Providing training for staff and board and other opportunities for self-education and dialogue to address bias, further our knowledge, and ensure sustained progress toward JEDI goals.
  • Building authentic and sustained partnerships with organizations led by marginalized persons, or representing marginalized groups, and other entities.
  • Continually seeking to improve our programs and other work to reflect our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. When possible, we will also extend this goal to our advocacy, supporting and amplifying policies that elevate the needs of, and create opportunities for, marginalized producers.

We acknowledge that this statement and the process it represents is a first step of a longer journey. We are open to dialogue on this statement and to partnerships in our journey.