Diversity: Targeting the full talent pool

Shipping and oil have never topped many lists for women looking at potential career opportunities. This is changing and Maersk is pushing the development.

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The number of women employed by the Maersk Group is increasing – not least in emerging economies. The 6,500 strong workforce on the African continent for example includes more than 1,250 women. With many more targeted to join.

“Despite the fact that the Group’s industries are traditionally male dominated, we still have a good representation of women in the organisation. And we want to do better and we can do better,” says Rachel Osikoya, Head of Diversity and Inclusion at the Maersk Group.

A focus on talent

“One thing that we focus on from a diversity perspective is talent. We want to make sure that we are able to attract and maintain the best talent globally. And that means not just hiring from 50% of the talent pool, but looking as much at the other 50% as well.”

Despite the fact that the Group’s industries are traditionally male dominated, we still have a good representation of women in the organisation. And we want to do better and we can do better.

Rachel Osikoya

RACHEL OSIKOYA, HEAD OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION AT THE MAERSK GROUP

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There was also another initiative launched. The Africa Women's Forum where young, up-and-coming African women, who have their future careers in the Maersk Group, have the opportunity to network with and be inspired by more senior female role models.

Carolyn Kathewera, a Malawian who currently works a branch manager at Maersk Line’s office in Nacala, Mozambique, is one of the young, female employees rising through the ranks.

“As an African, I am proud to be a part of Maersk Line. I am proud to be a part of my generation, to be here at this time, whereby access to trade and ease of trade is empowering so many people,” she says.

“I get out of bed every morning saying I work for an organization that looks at me as an individual and says ‘Look, the sky’s the limit; do what you want to do’. I am able to live my dreams.” (see more in the video).

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I get out of bed every morning saying I work for an organization that looks at me as an individual and says ‘Look, the sky’s the limit; do what you want to do’. I am able to live my dreams.

CAROLYN KATHEWERA, BRANCH MANAGER AT MAERSK LINE’S OFFICE IN NACALA, MOZAMBIQUE

Talent pools of the future

“Africa is an important talent pool for the future, and we have some very strong women employed in Africa. There is a big push by these women in senior positions to pass the torch and show ambitious women at junior levels how they made it in the organisation,” says Osikoya.

Global demographic and geographical developments also indicate that a broader focus on growth market talent pools will represent a sound future investment. While Europe has an aging population in most countries, the trend in Africa is generally that populations are much younger, e.g. in Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria where the Maersk Group has a large footprint.

“Looking at this on a global scale, and we are of course a global company, a lot of our talent pool lies in these countries, so we must invest in them. They are the big talent pools for the future,” says Osikoya.