The International Air Transport Association (IATA) launched the 25by2025campaign—an airline industry initiative to advance gender diversity in the airline industry by 2025.
The 25by2025 Campaign is a voluntary commitment by participating IATA member airlines. Key among the commitments of airlines participating in the 25by2025 Campaign are:
- Increasing the number of women in senior positions (to be defined by the member airlines) by either 25% against currently reported metrics or to minimum representation of 25% by 2025
- Increasing the number of women in under-represented jobs (e.g. pilots and operations) by either 25% against currently reported metrics or to a minimum representation of 25% by 2025
- Reporting annually on key diversity metrics
There is currently no comprehensive airline industry-wide gender diversity statistical report. But, with women representing around 5% of the global pilot population and 3% of CEOs, the gender imbalance in the industry is clear.
In addition to the commitments from member airlines under the 25by2025 Campaign, IATA will also be making the following commitments:
- Increasing the representation of women in IATA’s senior management (Directors and above) from the current 19% to at least 25% by 2025
- Working with member airlines to increase the number of women they appoint to IATA governance roles from the current 17% to a minimum of 25% by 2025
- Ensuring that the number of women participating as panelists / speakers at IATA conferences is a minimum of 25% by 2025.
- Creating a forum for sharing diversity and inclusion initiatives and best practices across the industry and publishing annual industry statistics on gender diversity.