SailGP is focused on the advancement of gender equity and racial diversity, with the longer-term goal to ensure the league is more accessible for all underrepresented groups.
Progressive policies to foster an inclusive culture
In 2020, SailGP formed an internal Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee – which includes 75 percent membership from underrepresented groups – to drive the holistic inclusion of women and racially diverse individuals across the organization. The committee will help implement procedures and policies that create an enhanced diverse and inclusive culture. New procedures include an annual audit to identify growth areas and ensure progressive targets are met, customized DEI training for all employees and contractors, and an updated and progressive parental leave policy.
Development program to create equal opportunity
SailGP has launched an extensive program to fast-track the training and development of female athletes for participation in the global sail racing championship. A Women's Committee was established in June 2020 to support the initial process, and is made up of a cross-section of internal and external expertise, including more than 80 percent women. Each of SailGP’s eight national teams will conduct a talent ID camp to engage with female athletes. From there, 16 women will be selected to participate in SailGP’s pre-season training camp early next year and ultimately at least one female athlete per team will eventually be selected to train and be immersed within each team for Season 2. A dedicated women’s program manager will oversee this initiative.
Hiring practices and career programs to diversify staff
In order to further diversify SailGP’s non-athlete workforce, the league is implementing an inclusive recruitment policy in which hiring managers are required to adopt a diverse and inclusive approach at every stage of the recruitment process. It will be strongly recommended that an interview pool is selected in which 50 percent of candidates are visible members of underrepresented groups, and more than one finalist must be from such groups. Further, the SailGP Inspire Careers program, which was established in 2019 and offers internship opportunities for young professionals, will now have a 50 percent female and 50 percent racially diverse requirement to help build a more inclusive talent pool for SailGP and the wider marine and sports industries.
Leadership role to create accessible entry points into the sport
Through SailGP Inspire, the league aims to serve a leading role in helping to diversify the sport of sailing. A portion of the community outreach program will focus on introducing diverse youth (race, gender and socioeconomic status) to the sport, and partnering with World Sailing, National Sailing Federations, and local community sailing clubs and programs to offer accessible entry points. Inspire Racing will have a target of 50 percent female and 20 percent racially diverse participants.