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Diversity and inclusion are crucial components of building sustainable industries. A diverse range of voices and actors, embedded across all levels, helps to improve performance, attract and retain talent and build working environments open to all. However, in the public transport industry diversity is sorely lacking, with only one in five employees being female.
UITP has long been a champion on mainstreaming gender diversity in the sector, introducing a dedicated policy in gender diversity in 2019. This helped to increase the percentage of women on our Boards, ensure all panels are gender diverse and improved the number of women speaking at UITP events. Thanks to our policy, women have more of a voice in the activities of UITP and on the global stage.
However, further action is needed. As the only worldwide network to bring together all public transport stakeholders and all sustainable transport modes – and with over 1,900 members – UITP is uniquely positioned to drive forward the diversity and inclusion efforts across the public transport industry.
To multiply the impact of UITP’s policy, we are proud to unveil the UITP Diverse Panel Charter, the industry’s call to action to ensure all panels bring together a variety of voices from different backgrounds.
“You can’t be what you can’t see! We need to see more female and other diverse role models who speak to us as experts, so that young people can project themselves into those kinds of roles.”
We are encouraging all member organisations and individuals to sign the charter, committing to organise and participate 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.