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APGAApr 17, 2024 10:39:33 AM2 min read

Driving Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the Pipeline Sector: A Call to Action

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In the ever-evolving landscape of industries, there’s a growing recognition of the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in fostering innovation, resilience, and sustainability. The pipeline sector, essential for delivering energy resources worldwide, is no exception. However, despite its critical role, there's a notable lack of empirical data surrounding DEI practices within this sector.

Enter Dr. Carol Bond, a trusted and long-time research collaborator with the Australian Pipelines and Gas Association (APGA) through the Future Fuels Cooperative Research Centre (CRC). Dr. Bond's dedication to shedding light on DEI practices in the pipeline sector has led to a groundbreaking initiative supported by APGA, FFCRC, Jemena, AGIG, and GPA Engineering.

Following her compelling presentation at the 2023 Convention, where Dr. Bond highlighted the dearth of publicly available data on the pipeline workforce composition, the APGA Board unanimously agreed to co-fund a research project aimed at uncovering crucial insights into DEI practices within the sector.

Central to this initiative is a brief 'pulse check' survey, designed by Dr. Bond, to capture stakeholders' perspectives on DEI practices within the pipeline sector. This survey, to be conducted at Q2 dinners, is entirely anonymous and voluntary, ensuring participants' confidentiality and safety. The data gathered from these surveys will form the foundation of a comprehensive analysis to be presented at the 2024 Convention, offering invaluable insights into the current state of DEI within the pipeline sector.

Why is this research significant? For starters, understanding the demographics of the pipeline workforce and the extent of DEI practices is crucial for fostering an inclusive and equitable industry. By identifying existing gaps and barriers, stakeholders can implement targeted strategies to attract, retain, and promote diverse talent, ultimately driving innovation and competitiveness.

Moreover, promoting DEI within the pipeline sector isn't just a matter of social responsibility—it's a strategic imperative. Diverse teams bring a range of perspectives, experiences, and ideas to the table, enhancing problem-solving, decision-making, and overall organizational performance. In an industry as complex and dynamic as pipelines, diversity isn't just a buzzword—it's a catalyst for success.

So, why should you participate in the survey? Your input matters. By sharing your perspectives and experiences, you're contributing to a collective effort to create a more inclusive and equitable pipeline sector. Your anonymity is guaranteed, and your insights will help shape future policies and initiatives aimed at driving positive change.

Dr. Carol Bond will be present at each Q2 dinner to administer the survey and discuss the research project's objectives and benefits. Your voluntary participation is deeply appreciated by the APGA Secretariat, Board, and all collaborating partners.

Together, let's pave the way for a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive pipeline sector—one pulse check survey at a time.





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