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Airswift CEO comments on industry's progress on diversity

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Janette Marx, CEO at Airswift, the global workforce solutions company for the energy process and infrastructure sectors, has commented on the progress the energy sector has made on diversity and what it needs to be doing to ensure it can improve its diversity and utilise its talent pool to strive forward with the energy transition:

“International Women's Day offers a moment to pause and reflect on the strides we’ve made around diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) in the energy industry. Over a fifth (21%) of respondents to this year’s GETI survey believe that DE&I is one of the biggest growth opportunities facing the sector in the next three years, providing the industry with an untapped pool of talent to help close the skills gap and accelerate the energy transition.

Over recent years, the narrative has been ‘we need to do more around DE&I’, and we are, which is a huge positive. Companies such as Siemens Gamesa, Wood, Msaada Partners and Assystem have made great strides in their commitments to improving diversity, from targeting female graduates in STEM and launching initiatives to bring more people of colour into the sector, to pledging to increase female representation at the board-level.

The intent is there, but there is more to do. The sector has an opportunity to take stock of what is currently being implemented. What’s working? Where are the challenges? How should we prioritise? This is something I hear and speak a lot about in my role as Equity Ambassador to the US Department of Energy, a working group helping to drive awareness, interest and access to energy jobs for women and minorities. Real changes come from action and we need to challenge ourselves and each other to make a more meaningful impact on diversity, equity and inclusion to ensure a sustainable future for our industry.”

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