Diversity in Maritime Charter

The Diversity in Maritime Charter creates a framework to challenge companies to make progress on diversity and inclusion, 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 an annual 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 MarkitNuclear Transport Solutions in June 2020, Forth Ports in August 2020, ABP in January 2021, GAC UK in March 2021 and most recently BAE Systems, RYA and The Seafarers' Charity.

We are calling upon more organisations to come forward and start their Charter journey.