Studies show that womenÂ accountÂ for just over one-third of the jobs in most supply chain and logistics organizations, but logistics service provider DachserÂ USA says it employs a far larger portion than most.
The U.S. arm of Germany-based Dachser said today that 56 percent of its workforce is female, topping a 2018 Gartner study that found the industry average was between 37 and 38 percent.
Gartner's third annual "Women in Supply Chain Survey," conducted in partnership with industry group Awesome, found that the representation of women in the senior-most ranks — CSCO, SVP, EVP, or CPO reporting toÂ the CEO — is strong and sustained relative toÂ other functions, but remains lowÂ and flat at all other levels of leadership.
However, Gartner also found that more respondents reported supply-chain-led formal goals and initiatives toÂ improve gender diversity in 2018 than in 2017. One of the most importantÂ things companies can do to impact recruitment andÂ retention, as well as advancement of womenÂ to senior levels, is to increase the visibility of successful women leaders as role models, Gartner and Awesome concluded.
Dachser USA noted that its achivement is outpacing industry standards, which show an increaseÂ of less than 4 percentÂ from 2006 to 2016 in the number of women employed in supplyÂ chain and logistics. Despite that slow progress, long term trends appear to be catching up, driven by statistics such as the rising number of women enrolled in supply chain andÂ logistics courses, and by the shifting perception of the industry away from images of managing heavy lift equipmentÂ and toward managing processes andÂ technology, Dachser said.
"Creating a company culture thatÂ recognizes talent and identifies the right person for the job—regardlessÂ of ageÂ or gender—is central to our core values to develop the bestÂ possible team," Vincent Touya, managingÂ director of Dachser USA, said in a release. "The femaleÂ professionals at Dachser USA,Â which make up more than half of our workforce, bring the right mix ofÂ knowledgeÂ of the industry, passion for their career and a collaborativeÂ attitude."