We know difference is important, and we go beyond that. We strive to create a work environment where people feel that they are included and belong.
We embrace differences in age, nationality, gender identity, sexuality, ability/disability, background and other characteristics that make our employees unique. We believe the collective sum of our individual differences represent a significant part of our company culture. We invite diverse thoughts, ideas and perspectives and we strive to make sure people can be their true self at work. We are also committed to ensuring our work practices are fair.
DI&B aligns with our Purpose, Vision and CARE values. We expect every employee to support one another to thrive at work. Be that onshore or at company or industry events. We do not tolerate any form of harassment or hostility to one another. DI&B is woven through our people practices (in particular, recruitment, development, progression and compensation) and we hold our leaders accountable for fostering a team environment which embraces every team member.
Gender Diversity in Shipping
We value diversity in all its forms and are committed to fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion. However, gender representation is a particular element of diversity that we support. Historically, seafaring as a career is male-dominated. According to the IMO, women represent only 1.2% percent of the global seafarer workforce. BW LPG joins the IMO in highlighting the importance of improving gender equality in maritime.
To play our part in supporting gender diversity, BW LPG has been providing scholarships to eligible female cadets from the Indian Maritime University. The scholarship began with nine recipients, and into its third year, the program has expanded over fivefold as it gains momentum and awareness.
Supporting our Female Seafarers
BW LPG also aims to provide a supportive work environment for our female seafarers. We want staff and seafarers to feel they belong and that they are free to be themselves – bringing a bit of their own birthplace, background, and culture with them; and, above all, to feel that they are safe. As part of BW Group, we have rolled out initiatives and policies which promote respect and belonging for colleagues at sea including Anti-Harrassment and Anti-Bullying, and DIB Guidelines. In 2023, we were pleased to introduce enhanced maternity policies for female seafarers. Read more about our maternity benefits here.
Our collective sum of individual differences, knowledge and experience is not only a part of our culture, but also allows us to better understand and meet customer needs. It allows us to create a workplace environment where employees can perform to their fullest potential, which ultimately drives better financial performance.