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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

At RMI, diversity and inclusion are central to our values. We are focused every day on offering the best climbing experience to all who wish to challenge themselves in the mountains. We have always seen nature, and specifically the mountains, as the ultimate equalizers. The mountains do not care about your race, ethnicity, gender, economic background, sexuality, or disability. If the mountains do not want you to summit, no amount of wealth or privilege will get you to the top. But the mountains, and their equalizing power, come at the end of the approach, and what we often forget is that the approach is much longer for some of us than for others. So many of us take our privilege for granted, the privilege that allows us to simply put on our boots and start climbing. But for millions of Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color, there are countless barriers between them and the mountains. Economic restraints, media that show almost solely white people in the outdoors, a lack of outdoor education, subtle racism on trails and in parks, and a plethora of other issues conspire to keep BIPOC out of the outdoors.

According to a 2014 National Park Service Study,  91% of all national park visitors in the Pacific Northwest are white. This needs to change.

We are committed to educating ourselves and understanding the barriers faced by BIPOC in the outdoors. The need for this education can be seen as an indictment of our own complacency over the years.  We want to use our voice and our capital in a meaningful way because this issue is endemic.  To design and implement the kind of long-term, high impact program we have in mind, we have created a DEI committee to steer our efforts. We also welcome your suggestions and ideas, as we still have a lot to learn about our privilege and the ways we can best help our BIPOC outdoor community.

The mountains have the potential to provide adventure, fulfillment, growth, and wonder to people of all races, ethnicities, genders, and sexualities. It is high time we help BIPOC communities grasp that potential.

 

GOALS

RMI Expeditions has created a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee tasked with steering the company's efforts to build opportunity and inclusivity. The committee has identified several main goals for RMI:

 

RMI AND THE OUTDOOR CEO DIVERSITY PLEDGE

In SolidarityThe Outdoor CEO Diversity Pledge connects leading outdoor brands with inclusion advocates to advance representation for people of color across the industry. We're focused on enhancing representation across staff and executive teams, media and marketing, and athletes/ambassadors. By building a relationship of support, empathy, and understanding, versus external skepticism and internal stress, we’re moving the outdoor industry towards authentic inclusion.

In SolidarityRMI is proud to sign the pledge and partner with In Solidarity.

By signing the pledge, RMI is committing to:

  1. Hire and support a diverse workforce and executive leadership.
  2. Present representative marketing and advertising in our media.
  3. Engage and support broadly representative ambassador and athlete teams.
  4. Finally, we will share our experiences with other leading brands.

Find out more about The Pledge at www.insolidarityproject.com/the-pledge

 

A COMMITMENT TO A BETTER FUTURE

We recognize that realizing our stated goals will take time and patience, yet we also must act with urgency. We commit to the long term work and improvement that is necessary and pledge to continue to seek knowledge, learn from our mistakes, and push onward towards a better collective future.

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