Industry-wide survey to be launched to get full view of diversity

The leading representative body for the oil and gas sector announced today (Thursday, February 6) that it is commissioning an industry-wide survey on diversity and inclusion to improve efforts, engage with the workforce and drive change.

OGUK revealed its plans at a key breakfast event hosted at P&J Live where a compelling line-up of speakers provided their insights on diversity whilst highlighting good practice to an audience of more than 300 people.

It also announced the launch of a new website to act as a hub for all diversity and inclusion work by its members. This will include case studies and signpost to data, allowing companies to share their diversity stories and offer a collaborative space.

Commenting, OGUK chief executive Deirdre Michie said: “I am delighted to announce that we’re commissioning an industry-wide survey on diversity and inclusion. It is an exciting time to build a picture of where we are as an industry and where we need to get to, in order to attract and retain the talent we need to secure our future.

“It will ensure we are shining a spotlight on good examples of D&I practice, as well as initiatives to drive and improve inclusion and diversity. Once the survey is rolled out, we expect to be able to announce the results before the summer.

“If we’re serious about realising the exciting opportunities in the UK oil and energy sector then people must feel empowered to be themselves and this industry must attract and retain diverse people.

“We know that different thinking from different people of all backgrounds is key as we need to harness new ideas, new technology and sharper ways of working to meet our net zero ambitions.

“That’s why the work of industry’s D&I Task Group, with Craig Shanaghey of Wood as chair, is absolutely vital to ensuring we drive an integrated cross-industry approach to diversity and inclusion.”

Craig Shanaghey, president, operations services (Europe & Africa) at Wood and D&I Task Group chair, said: “Once again, the energy industry is going through an important period of transition. To make the most of the opportunities presented, we need to attract, retain and develop a diverse workforce with different perspectives and ideas. Importantly, we need to make sure that we access 100% of the talent within our businesses and unlock the potential that everyone has to offer. It is that diversity of thought, brought together in an inclusive and empowering context that will allow us to thrive in a changing environment.”

“I am delighted to be working with such a talented group in the OGUK D&I Task Group and look forward to helping to shape a stronger, diverse and inclusive culture across the sector.”

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