School Food Matters is serious about Diversity, Equality and Inclusion (DEI).
Our DEI working group meets every six weeks to review our policies and practices. Our working group is made up of staff, trustees and freelancers, and the group is a safe place to discuss issues around DEI respectfully, freely and without judgement.
We have established four sub-groups, focusing on:
The groups contribute to our Action Plan, a living document that is updated as the work develops. The Action Plan is a publicly accessible document that can be viewed here.
Our principles and approach have been developed with guidance and gratitude from the organisation Charity So White - a campaign group led by people of colour seeking to tackle institutional racism in the charity sector.
We live in a society where not everyone has the same ability to set the agenda, and this disparity in power and privilege underpins all forms of discrimination. We acknowledge that the types of discrimination limiting the third sector, be they racism, ableism, sexism, classism, homophobia, transphobia or ageism, are endemic in the society within which we all live, grow and operate. They are mutually reinforcing and intersecting. They are also structural.
At School Food Matters we seek to identify how these forces operate in our organisation, rather than whether they operate at all, and to focus our energy on creating positive change.
Honesty in our choices to date, and what is preventing us from achieving change, framed in a public discussion that allows for real accountability
Humility in our understanding and acknowledgement that none of us know for certain the perfect approach, but that this will not prevent us from seeking answers and working with others to create a better world
Hope in our ability to make a difference
Read our Diversity, Equality and Inclusion (DEI) policy here.