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A commitment to a more inclusive culture within golf

We, (the signatories) call on everyone involved in golf to play their part in developing a culture which values women's involvement in every aspect of the sport, from participating to pursuing a career.

Our aim is to increase the number of women and girls playing golf and working in the sport. 

To achieve this goal and to enable women to flourish throughout golf, we recognise that a fundamental shift in culture is required. There is a clear ethical need for change and the potential economic benefits of growing the sport through more women and girls playing are substantial.

The R&A commits to playing a leading role in this process and to working with affiliates, partners and the wider golf industry towards this goal.

In signing this the Charter, we (the signatories) pledge to making tangible efforts to develop a welcoming and inspiring environment for women in golf. We will do more to attract women into and to remain in the sport, and to have rewarding careers within golf.

The Charter:

                • Is a statement of intent from the golf industry to unite and to focus on gender balance?

                • Commits us all to supporting measures to increase the number of women, girls and families playing golf

                • Calls for positive action to encourage women to pursue careers in all areas of the sport

                • Recognises the need for change and an inclusive environment within golf

Signatories pledge to activate this Charter by:

                • Developing and implementing an internal strategy for enhancing gender balance at every level

                • Establishing senior management team responsibility and accountability for gender balance and inclusion

                • Strongly advocating more women and girls playing and working in golf

                • Working with key stakeholders to develop and embed a more inclusive culture

                • Reporting on progress annually

                • Promoting the Charter and the goal of encouraging more women and girls to play golf and work in golf.