The Seafarers’ Charity joins Diversity in Maritime Charter programme


Maritime UK, Britain’s umbrella body for the maritime sector, has welcomed The Seafarers’ Charity as the latest organisation to join the Diversity in Maritime Charter.

The Diversity in Maritime Charter is described as a pivotal initiative in Maritime UK’s Diversity in Maritime programme. Signing the Charter commits organisations from across the maritime sector to take a proactive responsibility for closing the diversity and inclusion gaps within their workforce.

Fourteen organisations are now on the Charter journey including Bruntons Propellers, Shoreham Port, Fleetwood Nautical Campus, MFB Solicitors, Royal Fleet Auxiliary, Hutchison Ports – Port of Felixstowe, IHS Markit, PNTL, Forth Ports and ABP’s Southampton and East Anglia regions, GAC UK, BAE Systems and now The Seafarers’ Charity.

Jo Doheny (pictured), Impact Executive and one of the founding members of the staff-led Diversity group at The Seafarers’ Charity said: “We are so happy to have become a Diversity in Maritime Charter organisation and look forward to continuing our equity, equality, diversity and inclusion (EEDI) journey with Maritime UK and the other Charter organisations.

“Our staff-led Diversity working group was formed in 2020 in response to the death of George Floyd. The group aims to pool our ideas, lived experiences and thoughts to become more understanding and inclusive – working together to better embed EEDI into all aspects of our culture, policies and processes.

“We have really benefited from regular meetings and training around issues including Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Mental Health Awareness and Unconscious Bias and look forward to continuing our EEDI journey.”