ABP hosted Shipping Minister Nusrat Ghani to launch the Women in Maritime Taskforce Charter, a new initiative to encourage more women to take up roles within the industry.
The Charter calls on signatories to take positive actions which are designed to improve the gender balance across the Maritime sector, and a number of organisations spanning shipping, ports, engineering and naval forces have already undertaken to support.
Held at One Whitehall Place in London, the event was attended by over a hundred government, local authority and industry representatives, who heard a speech from ABP’s new Chief Executive Officer, Henrik Pedersen, followed by an address by Nusrat Ghani MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport, who outlined the measures the industry is taking and the benefits better gender equality brings to the sector. Representing the Women in Maritime Taskforce, Julie Lithgow, Director of Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, also addressed the assembled guests.
As well as presenting the steps the company is taking to support the initiative, ABP also launched video content to highlight the role women currently play within the business and encourage more to consider a long and successful career in Maritime.
Commenting on the launch and the event, ABP’s Chief Executive Officer, Henrik Pedersen, said:
“ABP is proud to partner with the Minister, the Department for Transport and Maritime UK in such an important cause. Better gender diversity is very compelling for any business or organisation which wants to sustainably grow its operations and financials. We hope that the actions we take today can help build a more diverse and successful workforce for tomorrow.”
Nusrat Ghani MP, said:
“Our maritime sector keeps Britain thriving, but it’s missing out on a wealth of talent. No industry is a closed shop and there are simply too few women working in rewarding maritime careers, both at sea and on shore.
“It’s great to now see a real drive from companies wanting to attract women into roles, from captains and chief engineers at sea, to senior executives on shore, which will in turn help unlock the potential of their businesses.”