ITS continues to innovate, as Diversity Award is celebrated at upcoming World Congress
Call for nominations for the 2016 Award for Best Action for supporting Diversity in the ITS Workforce Award is now open The Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) industry is proud to celebrate diversity in the workforce, bringing the Diversity Award to a World Congress for the second successive year.
First introduced in 2015, this year’s ‘2016 Award for Best Action for supporting Diversity in the ITS Workforce’ Award is open to any global organisation which welcomes employees from all backgrounds. The Award is designed to better reflect the importance of diversity and will be presented during the 23rd World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems, in Melbourne, 10-14 October 2016.
The ITS industry is diverse by nature and this is reflected by the people who work in it, with contributions by men and women across a wide age range. It is a multicultural, inclusive and attracts people from different social and cultural backgrounds.
The Diversity Award has global support from ITS associations and was launched for the first time at last year’s Congress as an initiative between ITS UK and colleagues from Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Italy, Singapore, Sweden and USA.
Project leader, Jennie Martin, Secretary General, ITS UK, says the ITS community has come together to highlight the importance of diversity in the workplace. “Diversity in the workforce is something all organisations should strive for and is definitely a key focus for us in ITS.
We operate in such a fast moving industry that touches the daily lives of millions of people around the world. Therefore, it’s important to recognise the diverse backgrounds, experiences and opinions of the people who make this a possibility, as well as inspire the next generation of ITS innovators.
“Through this initiative, we want all employees, students and service providers to feel like a valuable and contributing member, no matter their gender, nationality, religion or age,” Ms Martin said.
Susan Harris, Chief Executive Officer of ITS Australia said as host nation of the 2016 ITS World Congress in Melbourne, she is delighted to work in collaboration with ITS UK to support this exciting award. “Diversity in the workplace is an important issue and the ITS industry embraces equality.
We are proud the World Congress will have a focus on diversity and the issues surrounding gender, race, disability, social background, education and ethnicity. “I was lucky enough to judge the first ever award in Bordeaux last year, along with my colleagues from the three ITS regions, the Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe & Africa and the UK. ITS Australia is truly looking forward to welcoming the nominees and judging panel to this year’s Congress,” Ms Harris said.
International infrastructure engineering and environment business, Mouchel was awarded the accolade in 2015 following efforts to encourage its female staff to participate in ITS UK’s women in ITS group.