Friday, January 17, 2014

You Can Put Your Views on Women in the Freight and Logistics Sector Here

Five Years On It's Time to Take Stock and Plan for the Future of Equality in the Supply Chain
Shipping News Feature

UK – Women in Logistics (UK), established by Ruth Waring and a group of friends in September 2008 to support the careers of women in the logistics field has come a long way since first taking a hammer to the glass ceiling which has traditionally existed within the shipping, road haulage and freight forwarding sectors. Five years on and 3500 members later, the ladies of logistics have decided to discover what the views, not only of members, but others in the supply chain think is the way forward.

Having done so much to promote and support the careers of women in logistics and the wider supply chain the need now is to develop the aims of members, and employers take stock of what WiL has achieved, look at what has changed in the sector, and identify how the organisation can best support its membership through the next 5 years. According to Skills for Logistics, one in twelve working people in the UK work in the industry (around 2.3 million people working for 196,000 companies) and Ruth Waring points out that the UK logistics sector is worth over £93 billion to the British economy, going on to say:

"We've come on quite a journey since our first meeting in 2008. So now, as well as asking our 3,500+ members their views, we've also been taking soundings from senior figures in industry and academia to get a broad view of what is important. We'd also like to hear from interested non-members.

"We are also looking at changing the whole structure of the group, as what was appropriate for a small organisation is no longer feasible, which makes this sounding out of our members and the wider logistics community even more important.

"The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete, but it’s really important for us to get the widest possible views of our membership of their experiences within the logistics and broader supply chain industry, WiL itself, and what they consider to be the key priorities going forward."

If you are one of the hundreds of thousands of links in that UK wide logistics supply chain you have the chance to put your views on women in the industry here.