Today is International Women’s Day, and organisations across the globe are stepping up to celebrate equality and inclusivity. To me, the reality of a gender imbalance in a traditionally male-dominated industry like ours, is profound and undeniable. This is not just a day to recognize the tremendous value women seafarers are adding to world trade, but to also help remove barriers for the generations to come.
At Synergy, we’ve always believed that diversity makes for better innovation, a stronger workforce and sustainable business, all of which make for happier employees and customers. The business case for diversity in the workplace has never been more overwhelming than NOW.
We have made a clear commitment to increase female representation at all levels, as we strive to be a truly balanced workplace, both ashore and at sea. We should be proud of our efforts but also acknowledge that diversity is a journey, and we must always strive to do more to help more women break the metaphorical glass ceiling. This year’s theme for IWD – “Each for Equal” and I urge not just everybody at Synergy, but also the maritime industry at large, to actively choose to challenge stereotypes, remove barriers and create a gender equal workplace.
As we look ahead, you have my unwavering commitment to building a diverse, inclusive organisation where difference is valued, and inclusion is never compromised. In this regard, I also want to thank each one of you for encouraging diversity by celebrating an supporting every individual through respect and belief in equality.
I also want to take this opportunity to be grateful to the women in my life – my mother and my wife. I hope all of you will take this opportunity to celebrate the women in your lives and let them know how much they are valued. When women thrive, we all thrive. The faster we can be #EachforEqual, the faster we will succeed in our pursuit of excellence.
– Capt. Rajesh Unni.