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Celebrating Women in Maritime
Posted on Tuesday, April 28, 2020
We are now two weeks away from launching our
Diversity in Maritime programme and we want to take a brief
moment to pause, reflect and, most importantly, celebrate the
fabulous foundations laid by Women in Maritime.
Women in Maritime Network will form a key pillar of
the Diversity in Maritime programme and its initiatives will
continue to grow from strength to strength.
In 2018 the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers working with
partners through Maritime UK, established the Women in
Women in Maritime was established with the aim of addressing
gender fairness, equality and inclusion within the maritime
sector. An open-community of leaders, and all levels, were
brought together to progress this by creating a range of
The Women in Maritime pledge is the first step to becoming a
Women in Maritime Charter company.
Signatories to the pledge make clear their support for creating
positive change within their respective organisations, and
collectively, across the UK maritime sector. Each pledge signatory
has the opportunity to profile their work to improve diversity
within their respective organisation.
To date over 120 companies have signed the Pledge and we are
working to increase this number.
The Women in Maritime Charter was launched in September 2018
during Maritime UK Week.
The Charter creates a framework to challenge companies to make
progress on gender diversity and is supported by a suite of
'toolkits' and resources to help companies realise those
Charter companies are required to agree an 'action plan',
setting out individual targets for each participating company. A
key commitment is that companies identify a member of senior
management responsible for implementation of the action plan as
well as distributing a survey to staff on workplace culture.
Performance against action plans will be self-assessed via online
portal and national performance published in a joint
Six companies are Charter Certified, and we are looking forward
to announcing more Charter companies soon.
We are passionate about ensuring there is diversity of thought
on all speaking panels and to do this we need a gender balance. We
also know it can be challenging for organisations to find female
speakers from the maritime sector. The Speaker Bank is an
initiative which was developed to assist this. The Speaker Bank
provides a portfolio of female speakers spanning a range of
different roles, levels and sectors across the maritime
We are always seeking more women to join the Speaker Bank sign-up here.
The interview pool has been set up to assist maritime
organisations access other women in the sector to help with
recruitment, enabling gender balanced interview panels to be
created. We have seen several companies successfully use the pool
and we hope more companies will be able to utilise it. Feedback has
Nigel Jardine, Harbour Manager - Langstone Harbour Board: "I
believe that being able to reflect the diversity of our candidates
in our interview panel was key to the successful conclusion of our
Richard Ballantyne, Chief Executive - British Ports
Association: "It was invaluable to have an outside view feeding
into our recruitment decisions and also a great help in terms of
running a process which, because of our size, is something we
Our Women in Maritime Toolkits are resources designed to help
companies make progress against gender diversity commitments. These
include case studies; long-term projects and quick wins. We are
working to update our toolkits to ensure we have a range of best
practice guide and resources to assist our sector. If you have a
guide or resources you are willing to share please
Our Women in Maritime Network is run as an open-community and we
are always pleased to welcome new members and fresh ideas. If you
are interested in joining the Network and wish to utilise and/or
get involved in one of our programmes please use the
form or contact Chrissie Clarke.
Remember to follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn
You can learn more about the new networks we will be
launching as part of Diversity in Maritime programme
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