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Diverse Panel Charter

UITP Diverse Panel Charter

To multiply the impact of UITP’s policy, UITP member organisations and individuals are invited to sign the charter, committing to organising and participating in diverse panels.

In doing so, the public transport sector worldwide will be more inclusive of the female perspective, and more attractive to women. This is crucial as the sector badly needs to attract and retain talent at all levels, and build public transport networks that are better suited to the needs of the men and women.

The UITP Diverse Panel Charter can be signed by organisations and individuals. Discover the relevant charter below:

UITP Diverse Panel Charter for Organisations
UITP Diverse Panel Charter for Individuals

Organisations that have expressed their support

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    PT operator
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    RATP Dev
    PT operator
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    Land Transport Authority
    PT authority

These individuals support the charter

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    Mareike Lüken
    Head of Marketing @ Scheidt & Bachmann Fare Collection Systems
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    Sylvain Tousignant
    General Director @ Bureau du Taxi de Montreal
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    Tom Page
    General Manager, DLR @ Transport for London
Public transport commits to improving diversity

Diversity improves performance and innovation, helps to attract and retain talent, improves employee satisfaction and helps build a stronger brand and reputation. These undisputed facts present at challenge to the public transport industry which is systemically lacking in diversity: for example, estimates are that only 22% of the transport workforce is female.

In 2019, UITP introduced a policy on gender diversity, aiming to increase the participation of women in the activities of the Association. Prior to this, activities were not even achieving the industry baseline of 22% participation from women.

As a direct result of the policy, we have achieved outstanding results:
  • Significantly increased the percentage of women on our Boards (e.g. Executive Board from 0% to 32%);
  • Doubled the percentage of women speaking at our events;
  • Ensured that all panels are gender diverse.
Thanks to this explosion of female representation, women are increasingly getting involved:
  • The percentage of women in our database is rising (from 21% to 23%)
  • Women applicants to calls for abstracts are soaring (for example, up from 25% to 33% for the UITP Global Public Transport Summit and up from 18% to 32% for IT-TRANS)


Representation matters. Thanks to our policy, women have more of a voice in the activities of UITP and on the global stage. We have proved that by making women more visible, more women are likely to get involved. And this is important: the public transport sector needs a diversity of voices and actors at all levels.

Tips and tricks
How to honour the commitment

Here are a variety of tried and tested tips and tricks to help you honour the commitment effectively:

When organising panels
When invited to speak on a panel
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