GENDER & ETHNICITY IN THE OFFSHORE WIND SECTOR
Since the launch of the OWIC Best Practice Guide in 2020, the recognition of gender and ethnic diversity as a source of value creation has risen in importance within organisations in the offshore wind industry in the UK. However, the pace of change needs to increase so that a cultural shift takes place throughout the value chain.
This will be required if we are to meet the diversity objectives and targets we have set ourselves as an industry. We hope that this updated guide, which the Diversity group within the People & Skills workstream of the offshore wind sector deal has been instrumental in developing, gives people in the UK offshore wind sector at all levels ideas and inspiration for how their organisation can be transformed for the better so that it is more representative of society as a whole and leads to our industry being recognised as a shining example to others around the world.
Diversity makes us stronger
Offshore Wind is the backbone of our energy transition and climate action is for everyone. As our industry begins to give serious attention to equality, diversity, and inclusion, we send a strong message about expectations and open our minds to the needs of the whole of society.
We all need to see people like ourselves reflected in the roles we aspire to and this OWIC Diversity and Inclusion Best Practice Guide supports and inspires us to challenge and improve practice.
I hope we can stand side by side and ensure that this energy transition is a fair one. Implementing the guidance in this excellent resource will be an important step on a journey we must take together.
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Mac is the CEO of data-driven, equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) company, The Equal Group – committed to helping organisations identify and overcome their biggest challenges, including unlocking both quantitative and qualitative EDI data, typically helping organisations achieve +85% visibility of demographic data. Mac previously spent 10 years working as regulatory consultant in the energy and utilities sector. Mac has worked with and for organisations, such as KPMG, National Grid, Scottish Power, Capita and Scottish and UK governments.
Inge helps organisations in tech & engineering to recruit, retain and advance female talent, eg creating a D&I strategy, action plan and improving work processes - W20 Consulting and Training. Clients she has worked with include: TalkTalk, EDF Luminus, Total, PDF Oman, WISE and the Royal Academy of Engineering. Inge is also the co-founder of The Big Fish D&I Academy – training D&I leads and champions. The Big Fish Academy works in partnership with Taylor Hopkinson offering D&I training in the Offshore Wind Sector. She is the author of, ‘Be Gender Smart – The key to Career Success for Women’, and has previously worked at Siemens and Shell.
CEO, The Equal Group
CEO, The Big Fish Academy/ Director, W20 Consulting & Training
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