Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

The Charter

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

The joint ‘Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Charter’ is a commitment to work together to build a more balanced, fair and high performing sector. This is a voluntary initiative, open to all companies, clients and organisations working in the UK rail sector who wish to play a role in promoting positive change in our industry. It seeks to recognise and build upon the progress which has already taken place, providing the basis to encourage further collaboration and action across the sector.

The Charter involves several key commitments, including to:

  • Appoint a member of the senior leadership team as an ‘EDI Champion’;
  • Agree an action plan, monitor and report on progress made;
  • Provide opportunities for training and education of employees, support the progression of diverse individuals into senior roles to improve diverse representation at senior and executive level of the UK railway industry;
  • Create a culture that fosters inclusion and provide a safe space for all employees to talk openly, including at industry events and in meetings; and
  • Make recruitment and progression processes accessible and attractive to all to attract retain and develop people of all backgrounds, ages, genders and identities.

Sign up to the Charter

The Charter is open for all organisations in the rail industry to sign. 

Please email info@edicharter.co.uk to find out more.

Annual Report 2022

In July 2022, WR and RIA released the first Annual Report for the Charter. 



Thanks to the over 190 organisations who have so far signed the Charter. You can find further information and view all of our current signatories in the flipbook below.


Is your logo not listed? This page will be updated on a monthly basis, so if you have signed up to the Charter recently, your logo may not appear for a few weeks. Thanks in advance for your patience.

Partner Organisations

RIA and Women in Rail will will also be calling on the support of like-minded organisations to help drive this forward and support the initiatives of the EDI Working Group.

This includes:

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