Case Study: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Charter

In 2020, the Railway Industry Association (RIA) and Women in Rail (WR) launched a Charter to champion equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in the UK railway industry. The joint EDI 

Charter was a commitment to work together to build a more balanced higher-performing industry and has been backed by over 100 organisations and the Department for Transport. 

Organisation pledges to promote equality, diversity and inclusion included: 

  • Appointing a member of the senior leadership team as an ‘EDI Champion’.
  • Agreeing on an action plan and monitoring progress made, including in RIA’s annual reporting to their AGM and Women in Rail’s annual report.
  • Also, progress is to be demonstrated on RIA, Women in Rail, and signatories’ websites.
  • Providing opportunities for training and education of employees to help tackle unconscious bias and negative

behaviours within workforces. 

  • Creating a culture that fosters inclusion and encourages “quiet voices”, including at industry events and in meetings for instance, through 360 feedback on senior and executive teams and reverse mentoring, thus providing a safe space for all employees to talk openly.
  • Making recruitment and progression processes accessible and attractive to all to attract retain and develop people of all backgrounds, ages, genders and identities.
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