Promoting diversity and inclusion in the shipping industry is not just “a fluffy side of desk nice to have; it’s critical”, tells Heidi Heseltine, Founder of The Diversity Study Group, who spoke with TradeWinds’ Paul Berrill ahead of International Day for Women in Maritime last week.
Highlighting the urgent need for diversity in shipping, Heidi explained by embracing inclusivity, the industry can tap into a broader talent pool that is equipped to tackle its evolving challenges.
While progress has been made, there is still work to be done in enhancing representation of women and under-represented groups at the senior and technical levels. This is where Heidi sees a holistic approach to employment practices that benefit everyone making a difference. From implementing family-friendly policies to fostering diverse and inclusive environments, companies can create job satisfaction, improve safety, and attract the skills needed to navigate future technological demands.
To bridge the diversity gap, the shipping industry must communicate the wide range of exciting career opportunities it offers early on. By dispelling misconceptions and engaging young minds, we can ensure a vibrant and dynamic sector for the next generation.