Women in maritime
Taking a broader perspective on diversity is done by widening the company focus beyond gender equality, so that equal opportunities can be promoted for everyone. This will help to future-proof the company’s business, making sure that a wide range of people with diverse experiences and perspectives is included and welcomed.
“It has shown that diverse companies perform better, have more engaged people and deliver higher results. By reflecting our diverse customer groups, we can better understand their needs, demands and exceed their expectations”, says Margareta Jensen Dickson, Chief People and Communications Officer at Stena Line.
Before going in to the 2023 activities, let’s take some time to acknowledge some of the great initiatives and achievement last year:
Gender-balanced Group Management: Stena Line made history with a management team consisting of three men and three women.
First female captain: Lynette Bryson became the company’s first Master, serving the Stena Adventurer ferry on the Dublin-Holyhead route.
Diversity Month: A Diversity and Inclusion workshop was held at the annual Leaders Forum with the top 110 leaders from across the company. Ethnicity and skin colour were highlighted as areas for improvement.
Modern slavery awareness training: Training sessions were created to raise awareness and make sure employees know what to do if they identify concerns.
Pride Month: WestPride trained the company in LGBTQI concepts and helped us to understand the background to Pride. Vessels were flagged with the Pride flag in support of our LGBTQI colleagues, customers and community.
Good health & wellbeing campaign: To break the stigma on Mental Health, Stena Line participated in the Maritime UK round table talks. Further, wellbeing activities were initiated to boost mental health.
Stena Line is truly accelerating its journey to become an attractive and inclusive workplace, where people are empowered and reflect the societies we live in. This will support the company mission – Connecting Europe for a sustainable future, by being a trusted link between people, places and societies.
Going into 2023, Stena Line will continue its journey and have planned several initiatives to promote diversity and inclusion. Here are some of the initiatives to look forward to:
International Women’s Day: Women in maritime will be celebrated, elevating our women leaders in Stena Line and continue our work attracting more women to sea – an area of particular importance in an industry with traditionally high dominance of male leaders.
Diversity Month: The efforts will increase to raise awareness of diversity and deep dive in ethnicity and skin colour to be more inclusive, including education activities.
Pride Month: Freedom and love for everyone will be celebrated with the aim to boost knowledge on how to support LGBTQI colleagues, customers and community.
Diversity and Inclusion is an area where companies never can sit back and relax – it’s not a task that will be completed in the short timeframe but rather an area of constant improvements and raising the bar!