In 2015, ALC launched one of its most significant policy initiatives since its establishment when the Board decided that ALC policy would be expanded to increase and encourage greater diversity in the logistics industry.
ALC’s increased focus in this area is motivated by statistics showing the logistics industry is lagging behind many other sectors of the economy when it comes to encouraging and supporting greater diversity.
Women are seriously underrepresented in senior management roles, board positions and more generally across the wider transport and logistics workforce.
Did you know?
- Women make up a mere 21.9% of the workforce in transport, postal and warehousing sector
- In 2013, only 9.2% of Chief Executive Officers in transport postal and warehousing industry were women
- Despite a 28% growth in employment within the industry from 2002-2012, the number of women in the industry increased by only 1%
For further information, download the ALC publication Diversity – Opportunity for Change.
In a separate report released by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency acknowledging Australia’s top employers of choice for gender equality, the logistics industry was barely represented, with only two ALC members making the list.
This figure is all the more concerning when you consider the logistics industry employs some 1.2 million Australians across thousands of businesses.
Diversity and Inclusion Summit
As a first step to reverse this trend, ALC held a Diversity & Inclusion Summit in Melbourne on 25 November 2015 to map a series of actions to improve the position of women in the industry. At the event, ALC committed to a series of actions it will take forward to encourage more women into the industry and to develop their leadership skills to equip them for future managerial roles.
A second Diversity & Inclusion Summit was held in Sydney in November 2016.
ALC People Committee
The ALC People Committee, chaired by Jenny McAuliffe, Executive General Manager – People, Australian Rail Track Corporation, considers and make recommendations to the ALC Board on all People and Diversity issues. In particular, the Board’s objectives are to:
- Position the logistics industry with the broader community as the career of choice.
- Communicate with industry and government to shape a positive community perception of the logistics industry.
- Collaborate with the logistics industry, government and the community to encourage recognition of the logistics industry as a significant employer and economic contributor.
- Organise and facilitate an annual Summit.
Understand Your Biases
Building an inclusive and diverse workplace starts with leaders understanding their own biases. Develop your self-awareness of your own preconceptions by undertaking the Unconscious Bias Test.