Despite a recent study from Gartner finding that women only accounted for 37-28 percent of most supply chain and logistics organizations, family-owned Dachser USA has announced that over half of its workforce (56 percent) is female.
“As a family-owned business, Dachser has developed a culture that embraces diversity, also in terms of gender, and appreciates the value both women and men bring to the organization,” says Vincent Touya, Managing Director Dachser USA. “We know that embracing and fostering gender diversity enhances collaboration, tolerance and understanding, as well as increased productivity, which improves the bottom line.”
With 50 percent of the national workforce being comprised of women, the trend is often not reflected within the supply chain and logistics industry. Although the World Economic Forum continues to tout the robust and expanding career opportunities associated with supply chain and logistics, the industry only saw an increase of less than 4 percent from 2006 to 2016.
A shift is on the horizon, however. A survey conducted by SCM World, which polled global universities, found that 37 percent of the students enrolled in supply chain and logistics courses were women. This statistic points to a future whereby women will play critical, ground-breaking roles in the industry, as the perception of logistics shifts away from managing heavy lift equipment and toward managing processes and technology.
Dachser builds on its corporate values of "openness and respect," enabling a strong appreciation for cultural differences and a commitment to build a team with diverse backgrounds, experiences, talents and professional skills - each of which complement and strengthen each other without gender importance.
“Creating a company culture that recognizes talent and identifies the right person for the job—regardless of age or gender—is central to our core values to develop the best possible team,” says Touya. “The female professionals at Dachser USA, which make up more than half of our workforce, bring the right mix of knowledge of the industry, passion for their career and a collaborative attitude.”