Press Release
For immediate release

CIWM launches Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy

Institution takes lead on inspiring change to create a more inclusive sector 

Following the establishment of its Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Working Group in early 2021, CIWM has today launched its EDI strategy. The 3-year strategy will ensure the Institution is open and inclusive to all, regardless of background, ability, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation. More than that, CIWM is committed to ensuring opportunities and support are fair and equal across the organisation, its membership and the whole recycling and resource management sector.

CIWM’s new EDI Vision ‘Together, we will inspire and enable transformational change to create a more inclusive sector that reflects the communities we serve.’ is supported by a dedicated Purpose and Mission – details of which can be found on The strategy identifies 6 key areas of focus: 

Developing & Growing - supporting education and development, professional career paths and inclusive membership progression

Attracting & Retaining - ensuring that the resources and waste sector is inclusive and attracts and retains diverse talent 

Influencing & Engaging - helping our members and the wider sector understand their roles in creating an inclusive sector and the benefits of diversity in our workforce

Belonging & Welcoming - creating the right infrastructure and culture so that everyone can be themselves

Committing & Complying - ensuring everyone takes personal accountability and governance is in place 

Measuring & Reporting - using data and benchmarking to measure progress

Commenting on the launch, CIWM CEO, Sarah Poulter, said: “As the Institution’s first female CEO, I feel particularly honoured to be introducing our new EDI strategy.  This is initially a three-year project, but we’ve already started making changes within the Institution. To begin with our focus will be on getting our own house in order and embedding these principles throughout the organisation.  But as we progress, we are firmly committed to positioning CIWM as a champion of EDI, and to inform, encourage and collaborate with the sector so they are inspired to do so too. The move to a ‘world beyond waste’ is a big ambition and to achieve it we need we need an inclusive community with a wide diversity of voices, skills, knowledge and perspectives.”

The CIWM’s EDI Strategy delivers against its broader strategic pillar of ‘leading through excellence’ and is directly aligned with its recently announced Gold CSR accreditation. The development process was informed by research undertaken by a member-led working group which reached out to the membership and the wider sector. This included 7 focus groups and over 330 responses to an online survey.

To celebrate the launch of the EDI Strategy, CIWM is extending an open invitation to a free webinar on Thursday 28th April at 16.00 – 17.00. Hosted by CIWM President, Dr Adam Read, the event will feature presentations by CIWM CEO, Sarah Poulter, and its Operations Director, Anna Havard. For more information or to register please click here



Notes to editors:

1. CIWM: CIWM is the leading professional body for the resource and waste management sector representing around 5,700 individuals in the UK, Ireland and overseas. Established in 1898, CIWM is a non-profit making organisation, dedicated to the promotion of professional competence amongst waste managers. CIWM seeks to raise standards for those working in and with the sector by producing best practice guidance, developing educational and training initiatives, and providing information on key waste-related issues. More information can be found at

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