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PD Ports makes gender equality pledge

[ March 8, 2022   //   ]

PD Ports has made a company-wide diversity pledge to mark International Women’s Day today (8 March).

The Teesport  owner and operator has engaged diversity and inclusion consultancy Diverse Matters to begin a three month intensive audit process of the business that will enable PD Ports to build a benchmark Diversity and Inclusion strategy.

Chief executive Frans Calje said: “Our industry as a whole has a historic gender imbalance where women are significantly underrepresented. Studies suggest that women account for only 11% of the overall maritime workforce and, perhaps even more startling, it is estimated that less than 1% of that are women in operational roles.

“We must do what we can to tackle those issues and ensure that opportunities within our industry are accessible and attractive to all which is why I am delighted that we are starting on this journey of discovery so that we can really take hold of the issue and take practical steps to address gender equality and inclusion.”