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Recognising and celebrating women in the T&L industry

Recognising and celebrating women in the T&L industry

Recognising and celebrating women in the T&L industry

The concept of gender imbalance in the transport and logistics industry is not a new one.

Year after year, TLISC’s annual Environmental Scan has identified the issue as one of the biggest challenges facing the industry.

Endorsing this research, two reports have recently been launched that explore ways to address the decline of women building a career in transport and logistics.

The South Australian Freight Council (SATC), in collaboration with Leed Consulting, has developed the Gender and Equity Report which recommends a number of “Best Practice Principles” for organisations seeking to bridge the gender divide.

Principles include: promoting diverse career pathways, supporting pregnant women and mothers in the workforce and importantly, achieving gender pay equity. The document includes case studies of South Australian women who have established successful careers within the industry.

Women in Supply Chain (WISC) have released the second report; a revised edition of the 2010 paper Making Women Visible – the unseen gender in transport and logistics.

The 2014 WISC report highlights the benefits women provide to the traditionally male-dominated industry, stating: “Women’s increased participation in the transport and logistics sector, their increasing skillset and education will increase the bottom line of company profits. Women’s employment will assist companies to innovate, bring in new ideas and market insights.”

The WISC paper aims to stimulate discussion and promote greater collaboration to close the gender inequality divide in the transport and logistics and supply chain industry. It draws on contemporary statistics and research to make recommendations.

Specific recommendations contained in the report for the industry include: taking notice and actively working towards equal pay for equal work, increasing quotas for women on boards and senior management roles, reviewing recruiting guidelines, introducing mentoring programs for both genders, improving networking forums and professional development programs, and conducting research to use as a benchmark for future studies and support reporting of industry changes.

With women making up less than a quarter of the workforce across all transport and logistics sectors, it is important to celebrate their achievements.

Having just observed International Women’s Day, it is timely to reflect on the achievements and opportunities demonstrated by women we know who are already actively engaged in the Road Transport, Logistics, Rail, Maritime and Ports and Aviation sectors. These women are finding that entering the logistics sector has opened their eyes to a range of career opportunities. With further skills development and experience, they are increasingly attracted to team leadership and more senior roles.

Click here to read recent press articles which feature just some of the exceptional women forging ahead in transport and logistics.

We invite you to acknowledge the role of women in Transport and Logistics roles at all levels of organisations. This includes those involved in small or micro businesses and those servicing regional and remote areas.

Raising the awareness of the opportunities that exist in Transport and Logistics is critical in attracting new entrants to the industry and meeting future skill demands. If you have a story to tell that you think will encourage or inspire other women, please share it with us by emailing communications@tlisc.org.au.


PUBLISHED IN Latest News ON March 17, 2015

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