In 2014, WERC included a Women @ WERC peer-to-peer session at its annual conference, giving women in the supply chain an opportunity to share challenges, opportunities and experiences. Since then, Women@WERC has evolved into a dedicated topic at the annual conference and a permanent WERC resource program that brings together both women and men for engaging discussions and thoughtful sharing.
Diversity is Good Business
- Women account for 85% of all consumer purchases (Source: Yankelovich Monitor & Greenfield Online). They represent a growing portion of customers, clients and partners of many businesses. Employment research indicates that in B2B relationships, women make up 43% of purchasing managers.
- Gallup research found that companies with gender-diverse teams are better at problem-solving because they benefit from the different viewpoints, ideas and market insights that men and women have - ultimately leading to superior performance overall.
- Gender-diversity, and moreover an engaged diverse workforce, helps attract and retain a talented team. With women projected to earn more than half of the bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in the United States (Source: U.S. Department of Education), companies mus tdevelop strategies to meaningfully include the female talent pipeline.
Our members - both female and male alike - have identified the following priorities to help increase diversity and inclusivity in logistics workplaces:
- Allies: Helping professionals build a coalition of mentors, advocates and allies.
- Equality: Creating strategies to support productive relationships between female and male co-workers and to overcome common barriers, which can in turn help lower turnover and attract top, diverse talent.
- Leadership: Providing resources to women interested in advancing their careers in the logistics profession, as well as resources to companies looking to increase female representation on management, executive or board teams.
- Work-Life Blending: Support professionals and organizations to create an organizational culture that fosters both productivity and well-being for all its employees.
WERC is currently developing and assembling resources that will help women looking to enter or advance in the logistics industry, as well as for companies as they work to recruit and retain women.
If you'd like to hear about these new resources when available, email email@example.com to be added to our mailing list. You're also invited to joi the Women@WERC LinkedIn Group!