Bahri highlights benefits of diverse and inclusive workforce
Highlighting its commitment to continue playing a role in promoting a diverse and inclusive maritime sector, Bahri has participated in the 13th Annual Maritime HR Conference in London.
The company’s chief support officer Hisham Alkhaldi was invited as a guest speaker at the largest worldwide gathering of maritime HR professionals.
Held at Leonardo Royal Hotel in London from 9-10 May, the annual event discussed key issues facing HR teams in the maritime industry and brought together regulators, industry-renowned speakers, business leaders, and nearly 200 delegates representing ship-owners, ship managers, oil companies, and other maritime employers such as classification societies and P&I clubs.
Speaking on the ‘Diversity and Inclusion in The Maritime Industry’ panel at the conference, Hisham Alkhaldi put a spotlight on the unabated under-representation of women in the workplace across industries, particularly in the maritime sector.
Highlighting that only 2 percent of seafarers worldwide are women and less than 1 percent occupy leadership roles in the industry, he said that it has become imperative for various stakeholders in the maritime industry to step up both concerted and individual efforts to address these challenges effectively and swiftly.
“As a result of constant and deliberate efforts to raise awareness about the importance and benefits of gender balance in the workplace, policymakers and businesses in the maritime industry increasingly identify equal opportunities as a top priority today,” said Alkhaldi.
“Promoting women’s participation at work is critical not only for accelerating economic growth and sustainable development but also driving stronger bottom-line results for businesses,” he added.
Similarly, a diverse workforce will lead to higher productivity and customer loyalty, and catalyse innovation, leveraging the perspectives and experiences of employees of different nationalities, and ethnicities, according to Alkhaldi.
“As an employee-centric organisation, Bahri has incorporated diversity and inclusion in its human resources policies and processes,” he said.
Alkhaldi also shed light on Bahri’s initiatives aimed at embracing diversity and inclusion across all aspects of its business.
The Saudi logistics giant has been striving to boost the participation of women in its operations, which reached 18% this year.
The company has also teamed up with universities to develop programs that will help introduce students to the maritime sector and its services.