The first ever survey and study to explore levels of diversity and inclusion across the shipping industry has been announced by the newly formed Diversity Study Group (DSG).
DSG says it is the first organisation dedicated to championing diversity and inclusion in all forms in shipping including gender, ethnicity, age and regional differentiation.
A number of leading companies are giving their support to the survey – including Ardmore Shipping and Peninsula Petroleum.
“We believe passionately in the need for greater diversity, inclusion and equality in the workplace,” explains Heidi Heseltine, co-founder of DSG.
“Companies that draw upon the full range of talents available to them by embracing diverse, inclusive workplaces are shown to outperform their peers – and shipping is no different to this.
“Our goal is to provide a regular barometer of where diversity in shipping stands, to champion diversity, and provide expert support and resources to our member organisations.
“Armed with robust data and insights into diversity across a range of criteria, we can then benchmark progress and advise on the right actions to drive meaningful change.
“And while we applaud the steps taken to put gender equality on the agenda – including the IMO’s recent I Am Onboard campaign – we need to look at a wide range of measures of diversity and inclusion to help provide a far fuller picture than we have ever had before.”
Membership of DSG is open to all organisations in the shipping and energy sectors.
DSG says the benefits of membership include access to a confidential interactive web-based business intelligence platform for equality, diversity and inclusion assessment, benchmarking, reporting and strategy development.
This platform will allow members to measure progress against industry standards, as well as supporting improvements in their own policies and practices.
The 2019 study will be conducted throughout the autumn, with the results unveiled at DSG’s inaugural seminar in November.
The deadline for participation in this year’s study is 25 September 2019.
Companies signing up as members by 31 July can benefit from discounted membership rates.
To learn more about DSG go to: diversitystudygroup.com.