Senior leaders join forces to help improve diversity and inclusion across transport and logistics

More than 35 senior leaders across the transport and logistics profession (from SMEs through to large organisations) came together for a roundtable event to discuss a new concept and campaign targeted at improving diversity, inclusion and better promotion of the profession.

The ‘Everybody Matters’ campaign is a new concept which will be led collaboratively by the transport and logistics sector and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT UK) to help improve promotion, retention and attraction of the profession as well as to address diversity and inclusion collectively.  The sector employs over 2.9m individuals and the ‘Everybody Matters’ programme aims are to enhance support for existing and future talent, as well as showcasing essential role models across the profession in an innovative way to help address skill shortages.

Chaired by Network Rail Chair and Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) International President, Sir Peter Hendy, and Paul Sainthouse, CILT (UK) President and Managing Director of Dawsongroup. The senior leaders involved embraced developing a new concept to drive through the much needed change. The ‘Everybody Matters’ campaign is about supporting great people in a way that isn’t profit-driven. It’s about collaboration and a more sustainable model to address diversity and inclusion together. Everybody means everybody, with no exclusions or barriers.

The programme will cover 3 key areas:

  1. A better coordinated schools outreach programme for the profession.
  2. Raising awareness and joining up of key sector activities and initiatives.
  3. A new campaign that focuses on how we can further help develop and nurture our great talent.

The leaders agreed that they want to use the ‘Everybody Matters’ programme to help make the profession more diverse, with inclusivity tackled collectively as a sector priority. It will also look at attracting talent in and how this can be improved across the Transport and Logistics profession.

The sector and CILT will look to launch the campaign in early 2020 and will be supported by a wide range of companies as well as the London Transport Museum. There will be a sector wide nomination process managed by CILT, open to all irrespective of membership or not.  The selected ambassadors through the nomination process will be the first of their kind in Transport and Logistics, helping the profession to tackle the current stereotyping and perception of the sector, as well as the sector providing them with an annual structured programme of support in addition to that received from their companies.

Sir Peter Hendy said: “The essence of the programme is the opportunity to transform the transport and logistics profession and raise awareness of the opportunities that exist. Careers in Transport and Logistics make a great contribution to a vital social and economically critical industry that is at the forefront of solving consumer and environmental challenges within a rapidly changing world. I am delighted to be able to support this initiative.”

Anna Delvecchio FCILT, Strategic Account Director at Amey has been leading with CILT and the London Transport Museum to develop Everybody Matters.

She said: “We all know the challenges faced in the sector from skills shortages, not being a first-choice career, an ageing workforce, to a predominantly male orientated profession with lower than average BAME and women representation.  I believe if we do things the way we have always done them, then we will end up with the same results. Small changes can lead to big impacts across the profession.

“Everybody in transport and logistics is important irrespective of ethnicity, region, sex, age, race, disability, background, sexual orientation and gender.  Embracing differences, harnessing perspectives, talents, and insights is vital and core to the ‘Everybody Matters’ programme.

“I can’t thank the 35 senior leaders enough for attending the roundtable event and for their overwhelming support to change the status quo.

Kevin Richardson, Chief Executive at CILT, said: “Diversity and inclusion is fundamental to building a profession that is fit for the future. CILT understands that we can do more as a profession if we all work together, and I am delighted to see that organisations of all sizes from all sectors are committed to joining CILT on this journey.

“Through joined up thinking, we can do more together. CILT believes that this campaign will help address the skills gap, reduce labour shortages and improve the image of the transport sector.

“We have been delighted with the support from so many organisations committed to joining this campaign, as we embrace differences and harness our talents to benefit the individual, their organisation and the wider profession.”

The campaign, which will run in the UK, is being finalised in collaboration with businesses and is due to be officially launched in early 2020.

For companies interested in getting involved or supporting, please contact: everybodymatters@ciltuk.org.uk

For individuals wanting to know more, various events across the country will be confirmed to provide more information in the coming months.

Organisations at the roundtable, who have pledged to support CILT’s Everybody Matters campaign include: Abellio, Amey, Atkins, Bombardier, CILT, Coca Cola European Partners, CPC, Dawsongroup, Deloitte,  FirstGroup, Go Ahead, Highways England, London Transport Museum, Martin Brower Logistics, MOD Defence Logistics, Morson International, Mott MacDonald, National Express, Network Rail, Novus, uTrack, Leon Daniels & Associates, Sainsburys, Siemens Mobility, Stagecoach, TfL, Unipart Rail & Logistics, Wincanton, Worldline, and ORR.