UITP and Transport for London (TfL) have held a joint CEO Forum (London, 26- 27 September 2018) to promote better understanding of diversity and inclusion in the public transport sector.
Leading figures from across the world gathered to share experiences in order to create an inclusive and diverse industry – believing that shared ideas are key to moving the sector forward.
Jointly hosted by UITP and TfL the Forum included an opening welcome from conference chair, Staynton Brown, the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at TfL.
The attendees then heard from Mike Brown, MVO-Commissioner of TfL and Mohamed Mezghani, Secretary General of UITP, on the London operator’s commitment to diversity and inclusion and the public transport trends on the subject respectively.
“Through working together, our collective efforts can accelerate change and bring stronger global leadership to an increasingly important agenda”, said Mike Brown, MVO-Commissioner Transport for London.
UITP and TfL also hosted the Commissioner’s Dinner (London, 26 September) where Heidi Alexander, Deputy Mayor of London for Transport, delivered the opening address. The gathered guests discussed the importance of working together to bring collective change.
“It was an honour for UITP to host this joint conference on diversity and inclusion with Transport for London. There’s no other place in our cities which is as diverse as public transport stations and vehicles. Our networks are adopted by all - regardless of gender, race, abilities, age, socio-economics, LGBTQ, and more. We should be proud of it. Considering the general welcome shift to being more inclusive in all sectors around the world, we should not wait any longer. There’s so much more to do, and sharing ideas with sector colleagues is an important step. This is a topic demanding imperative attention, specifically for customer-oriented sectors such as public transport - standing to serve people. All people”, said Mohamed Mezghani, UITP Secretary General.
During the conference, panel sessions were held on innovative approaches and creating a diverse workforce.
Sector leaders such as Beatrice Jung, Group CSR Director at Transdev, Michele Dix, Managing Director, Crossrail 2, Jeroen Weimar, CEO of Public Transport Victoria, Andy Byford, President of MTA and Wendy McMillan of Transport for Victoria, discussed how to share good practices and the challenges in implementing lasting change.
“Diversity should be at the heart of everything we do. If we don’t have a diverse workforce then we’re not representing the customers and communities that we serve…then we lose that competitive advantage, so it’s good economic sense as well as being the right thing to do”, said Sharon Keith, Director of Corporate and Social Responsibility, Arriva Group.
The two-day event closed with attendees agreeing to work together to keep diversity and inclusion on top of the agenda by creating an industry wide, UITP-led, action plan.
Stay tuned to UITP’s official YouTube channel for videos from some of the industry leaders in attendance, discussing the best way to reach a diverse and inclusive workforce across the sector.
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