The Women in Maritime Charter, an initiative of the Women in Maritime Network, 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 targets.
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 industry-government report.
Four pilot companies attended their Charter Panel on 13th May 2019, with all of them achieving Charter Company status. In September 2019 the Royal Fleet Auxiliary successfully achieved Charter Status, the first Seagoing Company to do so and was followed in January 2020 by Hutchison Ports UK, in May 2020 IHS Markit and our newest Charter company, Pacific Nuclear Transport Ltd joined in June 2020..
To date over 121 companies have signed a Pledge designed to signal intent on gender diversity and start their journey to becoming Charter Certified. The Women in Maritime Network is calling upon more companies to come forward and start their journey toward Charter Company certification.