Female railworkers, source: Women in Rail

Women in Rail and RIA launch equality charter

Women in Rail and Railway Industry Association have announced the launch of an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Charter across the rail sector. The charter has been backed by over 100 organization, such as Alstom, Hitachi Rail, CAF and Bombardier Transportation. It will set an example for a commitment to work together and to build a more balanced and higher-performing rail sector.

“We all have a collective role to play in making a positive change in our industry, so we are pledging to collaborate and take actions that will promote better equality, diversity and inclusion in the rail industry. We have taken some positive steps forward in recent years but still have a long way to go, and together, we can really make the difference that is needed,” says Andrew Haines, Network Rail Chief Executive.

Charter Commitments

Last week, during RIA’s Annual Conference, the following charter agreements were stated such as appointing a member of the senior leadership team as an EDI Champion and agreeing on an action plan to monitor and report on the progress made. Opportunities for training and education of employees should also be provided with supporting the progression of diverse individuals into senior roles to improve representation at the executive level of the industry.

It should allow the creation of a culture that fosters inclusion and provides a safe space for all employees to talk openly. Recruitment and progression processes should be made accessible and attractive to all individuals, in order to attract, retain and develop people of all background, ages, genders and identities.

“The rail industry has worked hard in the last few years to promote equality, diversity and inclusion within its workforce,” adds Adeline Gin, Women in Rail Founder & Director. “This charter represents our industry’s commitment to openly support this agenda and we are delighted to be partnering with the Railway Industry Association, and all the signatories, on this exciting initiative.”

Author: Sarah Chebaro

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