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Insights Three charters to tackle gender inequality, signed and sealed

​25 September 2019

In the past couple of weeks, we’ve signed three separate gender equality charters to help hold ourselves to account for being the very best at fostering a diverse and inclusive culture for all, while providing opportunities for women to succeed at all levels.
The first charter is in support of gender parity across the Aberdeen energy sector. It was signed by Karen Blanc, Operations Lead for our Oil & Gas market and chair of the AXIS Network​, which is a not-for-profit members’ network with the aim of achieving gender balance in the oil and gas industry by raising awareness and influencing positive change, and tackling systematic change in order to drive gender equality in early, mid and late career paths.

image of Dave and Karen smiling

The following week, Dave Clark, Market Director, Aerospace & Defence signed two more charters at DSEI (Defence & Security Equipment International) – the Women in Aviation and Aerospace Charter and the newly launched Women in Defence Charter.

Signing the government-supported Women in Aviation and Aerospace Charter means that we have strict targets in place to transform our aviation and aerospace markets into more gender-diverse teams and provide fair opportunities for women to succeed at the highest levels. With the aviation and aerospace markets both going through a great period of innovation, we felt that it was the perfect time to make sure gender balance is a key consideration going forward.

Similarly, the Women in Defence Charter is a commitment to work together to build a more balanced enterprise, with signatories committing to be the very best at driving inclusion and diversity within their organisations and providing opportunities for women to succeed. The charter is a collaboration between the Ministry of Defence, Women in Defence UK, ADS Group, DGP and others, and reflects the aspiration of the defence community to improve gender balance at all levels.

“As one of the leading providers of engineering and technical services in the UK defence market and one of the founding signatories of the Women in Defence Charter, we see this as an opportunity to lead by example and demonstrate the immeasurable benefits that diversity – of both gender and thought – can bring to the sector. Defence is driving a transformation agenda; transformation requires innovation and innovation require diversity and inclusion. I am pleased that our business is making this commitment, and we will be publishing our progress against our objectives in the coming months,” says Dave.