Ricardo has become a founding signatory of an initiative to build a more diverse railway sector in the UK.
Launched jointly by 'Women in Rail', an industry networking group, and the UK's Railway Industry Association, the ‘Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Charter’ is an industry-wide commitment backed by more than 100 organisations.
The Charter seeks to encourage further action to build upon the progress that has already been made in the industry.
In becoming a signatory of the Charter, the Rail team in Ricardo has committed to:
- Appointing a member of the Rail division's senior leadership team as an ‘EDI Champion’;
- Preparing an action plan and reporting on progress;
- Providing opportunities for training and educating employees;
- Improving diverse representation at senior and executive level;
- Creating a culture that fosters inclusion and providing a safe space for employees to talk openly;
- Ensure recruitment and progression processes are accessible and attractive to people of all backgrounds, ages, genders and identities.
Launching the new Charter earlier this month, Women in Rail Founder and Director, Adeline Ginn MBE, said: “The rail industry has worked hard in the last few years to promote Equality, Diversity and Inclusion within its workforce. In these challenging times, it is important we strengthen these efforts to ensure we attract and harness the skills, knowledge and insight from everyone representing all parts of our society and our customers".
Bringing EDI values to a global team
Although the Charter is a UK initiative, as a global rail consultancy - with staff working in rail teams across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia - our intention is to extend the same values and practices to our offices around the world.
Where inclusion and diversity has room to flourish then so too will our business and our people
Indeed, the standards set out by the Charter are very much in keeping with the inclusion and diversity policies already in place across the Ricardo group.
"We recognise the benefits that diversity and inclusion brings to the business, including richer insight into the way we work with our customers" said Dave Shemmans, Ricardo Chief Executive Officer, earlier this year. "Most importantly, inclusion and diversity are important at Ricardo because of our people, including those who might be thinking of joining us in the future".
"Like many organisations, we recognise that we must do more and that action is crucial, especially in enabling us to achieve our mission of ‘creating a world fit for the future’, because where inclusion and diversity has room to flourish then so too will our business and our people."
Read the full EDI Charter here. The Charter is open to all organisations in rail – further details are available on the website on how your organisation can sign up.