Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Consultant Request for Proposal

Rainforest Trust (“RFT”) is soliciting proposals for a consultant to support the work of the RFT’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee. This request for proposals contains background information on Rainforest Trust, the DEI Committee, and the specific information that must be included in any proposals submitted.

Proposals must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 27, 2022 via electronic mail to Karen Scott.

Overview of Rainforest Trust and the DEI Committee

Since 1988, Rainforest Trust has been safeguarding imperiled tropical habitats and saving endangered species by establishing protected areas, broadly defined, in partnership with local organizations and communities. With our partners, we have protected more than 37 million acres of vital habitat across Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Pacific. Rainforest Trust is a US 501c3 nonprofit organization that relies upon the generous support of the public to implement our conservation action.

In 2020, we developed a 5-year strategic plan. One of our plan commitments is to incorporate greater diversity, equity, and inclusion both internally and externally. That same year the Rainforest Trust DEI Committee was established. The Committee’s mission is to create an environment that upholds inclusivity, equity, and cultural sensitivity. We strive to create a workplace where our leadership and employees model behavior that enriches our workplace and, more broadly, the field of conservation.

The DEI Committee advises and works collaboratively with RFT leadership to lead and promote meaningful conversations to identify, address, and recommend strategies and initiatives that will promote and increase staff diversity and foster an environment of equity, inclusiveness, and respect throughout Rainforest Trust.


Project Scope and Deliverables

Rainforest Trust is seeking an experienced DEI consultant to collaborate with leadership, staff, and the DEI committee to identify the  strengths and weaknesses of RFT’s current approach to diversity, equity and inclusion, determine opportunities to improve RFT’s internal and external engagement policies and practices, and develop a multi-year plan to meet DEI related goals.

Deliverables

Broad assessment of DEI environment, including but not limited to:

  • Guiding leadership and the Committee on developing a comprehensive vision for DEI at Rainforest Trust. Identifying the structures needed to realize that vision.
  • Facilitating discussion with leadership and staff to identify concerns, limitations, opportunities.
  • Working with leadership and staff to increase basic DEI knowledge and understanding. Recommending appropriate organizational DEI trainings.
  • Review of RFT’s DEI Committee current strategy and goals (Charter and other documentation) to ensure the Committee is impactful.
  • Multi-year plan (minimum 3 years) specific to organizational DEI goals.
  • Other areas of focus suggested by the Consultant.

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Proposal Requirements

Proposals should be no longer than 3-4 double-spaced pages, excluding references.

Firm Profile and Experience

(a) A brief description of your firm.

(b) A concise description of your firm’s experience including any work on similar project(s). If public, please include links to any relevant reports, materials, and/or other publications your firm produced as part of these projects.

Prior work with nonprofit organizations, particularly in the conservation, environmental space, is highly desired.

Project Description

(a) A description of your firm’s standard/typical plan for implementing this type of project, including the process, strategies, and tools anticipated.

(b) A description of any research or materials on which you plan to rely for this project.

Budget

(a) Overview of estimated costs associated with the project.

References

Three (3) professional references (including contact information) with knowledge of your firm’s work.


PROPOSAL SUBMISSION:

All proposals should be emailed to Karen Scott (karen.scott@rainforesttrust.org) in a PDF or in Word format.  This email should include the individual’s name who will be performing the work including address, email and telephone number.  Please place in the subject line: DEI RFP.

Questions may also be directed to Karen Scott at the above email or 205-222-2377.

This Request for Proposal does not commit Rainforest Trust to any contractual obligation whatsoever.  Rainforest Trust reserves the right to accept the proposal it considers to be in its best interest, reject any proposals, or request modifications.

About Rainforest Trust

We purchase and protect the most threatened tropical forests

Since 1988, Rainforest Trust has been safeguarding imperiled tropical habitats and saving endangered species by establishing protected areas in partnership with local organizations and communities. With our partners, we have protected more than 38 million acres of vital habitat across Latin America & the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and the Pacific. Rainforest Trust is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that relies upon the generous support of the public to successfully implement our important conservation action.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Rainforest Trust is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the principles of diversity. Our organization recruits, hires, trains, and promotes individuals, as well as administers any and all personnel actions, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship, age, personal appearance, family responsibilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

Rainforest Trust is an environmental conservation organization that creates solutions to protect the Earth and improve people’s lives. The policy of Rainforest Trust is to provide equal opportunity and access to employment and service. Rainforest Trust shall not discriminate against an individual based on race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, religion or creed, national origin, age, citizenship, sex, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, political affiliation or ideology, gender identity, protected veteran status, or disability. All Rainforest Trust recruitment, employment, promotion, advancement and similar decisions related to employment shall be made based on job-related criteria and applicable laws (including non-discrimination and government security requirements). Rainforest Trust’s global agenda requires a staff that is diverse – with respect to race, gender, cultural, and international background. Diverse perspectives and experience enhance the creativity and applicability of Rainforest Trust’s research and project implementation.

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