Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

WCS is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in all our programs and efforts in New York City and in the countries where we work across the globe. We are emphasizing an inclusion framework to engage our entire organization to advance a DEI ethic, as discussed in our WCS 2030 strategy, in all that we do.


How does WCS implement DEI?

Our strategy is to work collaboratively across all departments and lead efforts to define and cultivate a framework of inclusion in our journey. Not only will that define our DEI program, it will strongly impact all our strategies by consistently ensuring that all voices in our extended employee community are heard.

Non-Discrimination Policy

WCS values diversity and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status and other protected classifications. The WCS community is committed to ensuring that no one, including our valued employees, diverse suppliers, interested job applicants and guests to our facilities, is excluded or discriminated against in WCS’s programs and activities. If you have questions about WCS’s non-discrimination policies or if you believe you have been discriminated against, please direct your inquiry or complaint (which may be anonymous) to:

Jelle Boot
VP & Chief Human Resources Officer
Wildlife Conservation Society
2300 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10460 USA
(718) 220-5126

Kevin V.G. Wells, Esq.
Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer
Wildlife Conservation Society
2300 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10460 USA
(718) 220-5126


Employee Resource Groups

We are very proud of our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs). They encourage employee engagement, develop diverse talent, promote professional development and aid in cultivating a strong inclusive community.

Our US-based ERGs are structured to represent less hierarchy, provide greater transparency and serve as critical strategic partners. Equally important, they will serve as an adaptable model to be reclassified for our global regions. Employees are able to select the ERGs which interest them.

BLAC (Black Leadership Advancement Consortium)

ASIA (Asian Society for Inclusion and Action)

WAGE (Women & Allies for Gender Equity)

QUEER (Queer People Uniting to Expand Equity & Respect)

WILD (Welcoming & Inspiring LATIN DIVERSITY)

DEI Annual Report


Supplier Diversity


Our Supplier Diversity program enables certified diverse vendors to gain access to all procurement opportunities.

Supplier diversity is an integral part of our DEI efforts to ensure a diverse supplier base that reflects the various communities we operate and serve. In addition to identifying and utilizing diverse suppliers for contract opportunities, our program facilitates strategic partnerships with our prime vendors. Therefore, this program promotes supplier capacity building. Our program facilitates the following:

• Partnerships with our Prime Vendors

• Second-tier opportunities with diverse sub-contractors

• Vendor partnering

Therefore, if you are a certified Minority-owned/Women-owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE); Minority-owned Business Enterprise (MBE); Women-owned Business Enterprise (WBE); Disabled Veteran-owned Business Enterprise (DVBE); Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender-owned Business Enterprise (LGBTBE) or represent other diverse supplier classifications. Use the link below to register.

Register Here

If you would like to know more about our Supplier Diversity program, use this FAQ link or contact Melania Perez, Supplier Diversity Compliance Officer, at miperez@wcs.org.

Reckoning With Our Past

In the name of equality, transparency, and accountability, we must confront our organization’s historic role in promoting racial injustice as we advance our mission to save wildlife and wild places.


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