Women in Supply Chain launch discussion paper

Women in Supply Chain group launch paper discussing the “incentives and impediments” for women in the transport industry

By Samantha Freestone | February 24, 2010

The Women in Supply Chain group (WISC) met last night to launch ‘Making Women Visible - The Unseen Gender in Transport and Logistics’, a paper discussing the "incentives and impediments" for women in the transport industry.

Written by members of the group and on behalf of the Transport and Logistics Advisory Group, it is hoped the paper will advise government in tackling issues surrounding sexism, the ‘glass ceiling’ issue and awareness among other issues.

Statistics gathered show women’s involvement in the industry has grown from 9.9 percent in 1966 to 24 percent last year, but the group say more needs to be done.

Out of the top-13 companies in the industry, only seven out of 106 executives are women, statistics show.

The launch was held at TDT Victoria’s head office in West Melbourne and attendees included management, educational leaders, students and members of the group.

Chair of the Women in Supply Chain group Nola Bransgrove says the publication is the result of an agreement "as a partner reference group from the industry round table" to discuss women’s involvement in the transport and logistics Industry.

"After discussion at an executive meeting we started seriously talking about our own diverse experiences in the industry which progressed to the paper [being conceived]," she says.

"The overall snapshot of the status of women in the industry according to the statistics available says that things are not looking all that healthy, and even deteriorating to what they have been."

Recommendations following the compilation of the paper include requesting government make quotas for women on public boards.

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