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Friday, May 17, 2019 

Four companies have now joined, and been certified through, the UK's Women in Maritime Charter programme, which recognises gender diversity across the maritime sector.

The companies are Bruntons Propellers, Shoreham Port, Fleetwood Nautical Campus and MFB Solicitors. Each company has been supported through the process and in crafting their actions plans by a ‘Charter Champion’, namely Julie Lithgow, Director at the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, Janet Porter, Chair of the Lloyd’s List Editorial Board, Susan Cloggie-Holden, Chief Officer at the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and Ana De Miguel, Head of Maritime Career Promotion at the Department for Transport.

The Women in Maritime Pledge has now been signed by 110 companies, a statement of intent to demonstrate commitment by companies to making progress on gender diversity.

To gain certification companies must share their baseline data including the total proportion of women in the company and in areas like senior management. Companies then set out targets for either five or ten years. The targets form a large part of individual company action plans, which also include commitments by the company to implement specific projects and initiatives, as well as by the Taskforce to provide support to each Charter Company.

Individual projects included within the first set of action plans include delivering unconscious bias training, committing to make use of the Women in Maritime interview pool and offering staff the opportunity to attend Maritime UK’s public speaking workshops.

Sue Terpilowski, Chair of the Women in Maritime Taskforce said: “Today we’ve seen four pioneering companies agree bespoke actions plans with the Women in Maritime Taskforce. Each has set targets and agreed to implement specific, proven initiatives, to boost diversity within their companies. We salute their leadership and thank them for helping us develop a credible Charter framework for moving our sector forward.”

Harry Theochari, Chair of Maritime UK said: “We were determined that our diversity programme would be robust and meaningful, and the product of this pilot process is exactly that. We look forward to continuing to work with our new Charter Companies to deliver these ambitious action plans. To deliver against our ambitions, including Maritime 2050, our sector must have access to a diversity of thought and talent. To thrive, we need to succeed on diversity, and we now call on other companies to seek Charter certification.”

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