Geneva-The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is inviting nominations for the 2021 Diversity and Inclusion Awards.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has not stopped the aviation industry’s agenda on diversity and inclusion. In fact, it has been an opportunity to redouble our efforts to improve our performance. Improving our gender balance, in particular, is a top priority as seen by the growing number of signatories to the IATA 25by2025 pledge. The second edition of the IATA Diversity and Inclusion Awards will once again highlight exceptional work in this area. Along with honoring those leading change, the awards aim to inspire even greater urgency in driving the changes needed to strengthen aviation with a commitment to diversity and inclusion at the industry’s highest levels of leadership,” said Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director General.
The Awards recognize three categories of Diversity and Inclusion leadership:
- Inspirational Role Model Award: recognizes a woman holding a senior position within the air transport industry who has had a significant impact on the aviation agenda through her strong contribution to business delivery, as well as her ongoing support of the diversity and inclusion agenda. Nominees are welcome from across the aviation industry.
- High Flyer Award: recognizes a young female aviation professional under the age of 40 who has demonstrated leadership through concrete action in favor of diversity and inclusion, making a positive impact on the industry. Open to all female professionals in the aviation industry.
- Diversity & Inclusion Team Award: recognizes an airline that has seen measurable change in diversity and inclusion as a result of the work it has been doing in this area. Open to all IATA member airlines.
The winners of each category will receive $25,000 in prize money sponsored by Qatar Airways payable to the awardee or their nominated charity working on diversity and inclusion projects.
“As an industry, we embrace diversity that reflects the nations and continents we serve, but we must continue to demonstrate leadership and identify greater opportunities to broaden the inclusive nature of aviation, ensuring that we benefit from an engaged workforce that feels valued and appreciated. We believe that supporting greater diversity and gender balance across the global aviation industry is a vital element for future success which is why we are supporting the IATA Diversity and Inclusion awards again this year,” said Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive H.E. Mr. Akbar Al Baker.
The 2021 nominations will be evaluated by an independent panel consisting of the recipients of the 2019 Awards: Christine Ourmières-Widener, CEO of TAP Air Portugal; Fadimatou Noutchemo Simo, Founder and President of the Young African Aviation Professional Association; and Christina Kennedy, General Manager People - Operations and Employee Experience at Air New Zealand. The judging panel will be chaired by Karen Walker, Editor-in-Chief of Air Transport World.
The deadline for submitting nominations is 29 August 2021 at 18:00 CET. Find out how to nominate candidates.
The winners of the 2021 IATA Diversity & Inclusion Awards will be announced at IATA’s 77th Annual General Meeting & World Air Transport Summit to be held in Boston on 3-5 October 2020.
The IATA Diversity and Inclusion Awards were launched in 2019 to recognize and celebrate the efforts to promote a more diverse and inclusive aviation industry. These annual awards were suspended in 2020 due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
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Notes for Editors:
- Where nominations are open to the aviation industry, this is inclusive of airlines, airports, air navigation service providers, regulatory agencies focused on aviation, and all similarly associated businesses or agencies.
- 25by2025 is a voluntary initiative to improve female representation in the industry by 25% or up to a minimum of 25% by 2025.So far there are 62 signatories who have committed to making the industry more gender balanced.
- In 2021, as part of 25by2025, IATA will continue to collect data on key metrics followed by the development of a best practice playbook for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Airlines (2022) and an updated study on Diversity Equity & Inclusion in Airlines (2023).
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