Monday, May 10, 2021

Women Continue to Make Slow Inroads Into the World of Freight and Distribution

Transport and Logistics Award Finalists Announced
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UK – Having just witnessed a year like no other, the logistics profession has been thrown into the limelight for its role in ensuring life and society continue as normally as possible in the circumstances accompanying a deadly pandemic. Now the opportunity to celebrate those who have continued to achieve throughout comes with the announcement of finalists for the 2021 Amazon everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards.

The list of possible winners includes sixty six individuals representing all sectors of the industry, from freight and retail to automotive, maritime and air transport, and all who are perceived to have overachieved in their chosen profession. This year’s finalists showcase the crucial positions women hold in transport and logistics, demonstrating progression, accomplishments and increasing avenues of opportunity.

From pioneers smashing glass ceilings to take roles previously only held by men, to innovating entrepreneurs and young go getters challenging the status quo, these individuals prove how a diverse hierarchy across every sector of transport and logistics delivers measurable operational and economic benefits to businesses.

Whether it is mentoring their peers or exploring solutions to prevent women leaving their careers after having children, the finalists were united in their dedication to paying it forwards and helping other women find fulfilling, long term careers in the industry, crucial to ensuring a strong pipeline of future talent.

The event lead sponsor is Amazon, a company of course which has made great strides throughout the trials and tribulations of lockdown, and Jonatan Gal, Amazon’s UK Operations Director observed:

“Amazon is proud to support the everywoman in Transport and Logistics Awards and to recognise, highlight and celebrate the exceptional women who over the last year, have worked tirelessly to keep Britain moving at a time when customers have needed this industry more than ever. As a company it is important to us to inspire women to continue to drive innovation and new ways of thinking and to develop fulfilling careers by providing opportunities for all. I would like to congratulate all the worthy finalists and wish them good luck for the awards.”

The transport and logistics workforce is of course one of the largest and, as the pandemic has shown, one of the most vital in the UK, with over 1 million employees. Whilst more women have taken up senior roles since the awards launched 14 years ago, they still only account for 20% of workers, showing that there is still more work to be done to attract women to careers in the industry. This is why the work that everywoman is doing to celebrate the UK’s brightest female talent and create a platform to applaud their success is so important.

As previously the awards will recognise two winners per category; one successful industry ‘Leader’ and one individual at any stage in their career who is going ‘Above and Beyond’ for their business. There are also awards for International Inspiration, for a stand-out Apprentice, an Industry Champion, a Male Agent of Change and, new for 2021, a Tech Innovator. Maxine Benson MBE, Co-Founder of everywoman, comments:

“We are thrilled to announce the finalists for the 2021 Amazon everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards. The events of the past year provided the transport and logistics industry with myriad challenges, from skyrocketing demands for home deliveries and keeping staff safe, to coping with plummeting passenger numbers.

"It is an industry that has risen to the challenge thanks in no small part to the incredible talent of its female workers. In our finalists we see the passion, dedication, skills and leadership that has kept transport and logistics dynamic and resilient, and that kept the country moving in the most unprecedented of times.”

A full list of the 2021 awards finalists is available HERE and the opportunity to book tickets for the virtual ceremony HERE.