Back in 2022, the business signed the Maritime UK’ (the umbrella body for the maritime sector) Diversity in Maritime Pledge, as part of the membership in the Tees and Hartlepool Port Users Association. 

The THPUA, an independent body representing Teesside’s shipping industry, along with members Able UK, AV Dawson, Casper Shipping and Cockfield Knight, have signed the Pledges to champion diversity and inclusion across their membership, employees and the wider community. 

Both pledges form a key pillar of Maritime UK’s Diversity in Maritime Programme. The objective of the Mental Health in Maritime Pledge is to ensure employee mental health and wellbeing is considered at the highest levels across the sector. 

The Women in Maritime Pledge calls upon executives from maritime organisations to build an employment culture that actively supports and celebrates gender diversity, at all levels, throughout their organisation and their industry.

By signing the pledges, companies and other organisations in the sector are making a public commitment to improving mental health and wellbeing for their workforce and creating a positive culture that promotes gender diversity. Organisations are then challenged to report progress against the pledge.

avd women's network

As part of our International Women’s Day 2023 celebrations, we brought females from across the business together for a morning as part of our IWD workshop. 

The session was all about females and what challenges they may face in industry and how women can better support each other going forward. 

It was an insightful day coming up with new ideas for change and just gathering together as women, empowering each other. 

Off the back of the day, the business has established the AVD Women’s Network, a safe space for women to openly talk to each other through regular meet ups and to voice any ideas or opinions they may have. 

AV Dawson’s People and Culture Director, Louise Croce, explains more about how the business celebrated the day and what future plans AV Dawson has around the Women’s Network.