Six giants of the global maritime industry have joined forces to address diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) issues.
The Maritime Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Innovation Lab 2022, launched by Thome Group, Hafnia, Anglo American, RightShip, Rio Tinto and Wilhelmsen, is a competition open to interested participants (individuals, institutions, companies, students, etc.) submit their ideas on how to address DEI in the maritime industry.
Shortlisted teams will participate in the Innovation Lab to refine their pitches in preparation for a “Dragon’s Den” session with industry leaders. The winning team and their idea will be brought to life through the collaboration and funding of the partner organizations involved.
With women representing only 1.2% of the global seafarer workforce (BIMCO/ICS 2021 Seafarer Workforce Report) and a significant lack of ethnic and female representation in leadership positions (Diversity Study Group 2021), the maritime industry is lagging behind in attracting and retaining the talent needed to succeed in the face of growing uncertainty and complexity.
The goal of the Innovation Lab is to uncover powerful ideas through crowdsourcing and the application of a fast and agile methodology from ideation to product development.
This year’s competition follows the Women in Maritime Lab 2020 which resulted in the creation of SeaCode, a platform offering peer-to-peer support to seafarers while collecting and aggregating industry data. Recently, SeaCode has been integrated into the ISWAN organization.
Announcing this year’s program, Jamie Morgan Ramsamy, Head of HSSEQ at Thome Group, said diversity, equity and inclusion within the industry couldn’t be more important, stressing that it was up to industry stakeholders to start embracing new ideas and ways of thinking. as the industry innovates to meet the demands of the future.
“Diversity is more than gender and we are very excited to be part of this industry push behind the Maritime Diversity, Equity (DEI) & Inclusion Lab. We look forward to working with our partners and participants on the project and seeing these very exciting ideas come to fruition,” he said.