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ALC releases action plan to tackle diversity issues

Diversity & Inclusion Summit leads to 12-point strategy and challenge to members


The Australian Logistics Council has followed up its inaugural Diversity & Inclusion Summit with a 12-point action plan to push for broader representation in the industry.

 “At the summit, industry leaders discussed what they are doing to address this issue, where there are gaps, and what practical measures can be put in place to tackle these challenges collectively as an industry,” ALC managing director Michael Kilgariff says.

“A range of senior industry leaders sent a very powerful message to all delegates that as an industry, we need to do better.

Statistics show women are seriously underrepresented in senior management roles, board positions and more generally across the wider transport and logistics workforce.

“Over the next 12 months, ALC will work on a range actions highlighted at the summit to try and turn these figures around.

“And while ALC is committed to taking a leadership role, I also take this opportunity to challenge all industry members to implement measures that promotes greater diversity and inclusion in their own workplaces.”

The action plan pledges the organisation to:

  • work with members to support secondments between companies to promote greater diversity 
  • provide leadership on promoting the logistics industry as a positive employment choice for women 
  • develop a diversity policy, including board representation, panel pledges and branding 
  • make available links to relevant online tests to determine levels of unconscious bias within organisations 
  • share positive learnings among industry to help support and retain a diverse workforce
  • investigate ways to ‘build the brand’ to attract a broader and more diverse applicant pool
  • actively promote positive diversity and inclusiveness stories / case studies across the industry
  • examine ways to seek greater women representation in male dominated roles, and barriers associated with their current education / assessment requirements 
  • investigate a scholarship / sponsorship / internship / award program to promote greater diversity
  • promote ‘gender neutral’ advertising principles and practices
  • support industry efforts to highlight educational opportunities and requirements for the logistics industry .
  • investigate research opportunities to better understand why women are leaving the logistics industry 
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