Forty major shipping companies – including Carnival UK, DP World and the Port of London Authority – have signed a charter aimed at supporting gender diversity and inclusion in the UK’s maritime sector.
According to trade body Maritime UK, ships move 95 per cent of Britain’s international trade, with the industry supporting almost one million jobs. However, it’s estimated that women make up just 2 per cent of the world’s maritime workforce, with similar statistics measured in the UK.
The Women in Maritime pledge comes after the creation of the Women in Maritime Taskforce, which was established in January. The group aims to bring sector leaders together to identify practical steps to increase the number of women in maritime and in senior roles in the shipping, ports, services, engineering and leisure marine industries.
"The need for fairness, equality and inclusion is clearer than ever and the maritime sector must embrace diversity because it’s the right thing to do,” says Sue Terpilowski, the taskforce’s chair. “Equally there is a strong business case for action.
The OECD has estimated that equalising the role of men and women in the labour market could increase GDP by 10 per cent by 2030.”
Earlier this year, Carnival UK reported a median gender pay gap pf 13 per cent onboard the cruise ship Britannia. The country’s median gender pay gap is 9.7 per cent.
The pledge was signed last month, though Maritime UK has just released the names of participating companies and organisations. Other signatories include BP Shipping, the British Ports Association and the UK Chamber of Shipping.