Posted on June 2020
DSJ Global's Women in Supply Chain Survey reveals that recognition of the strategic importance of gender diversity is growing, but many qualified women are dropping out of the recruitment process.
The supply chain sector is facing a talent shortage that is fast escalating into a crisis. The current demand for supply chain professionals exceed supply by six to one, according to one study, while others fear the gap is far greater.
At the same time, more and more companies are acknowledging the strategic value of having a gender diverse workforce beyond boosting the bottom line, improving team morale and productivity, and driving innovation.
However, based on our survey data, few companies actually have a stated objective to increasing female leadership; impacting the success of their hiring goals. Moreover, our results show that the majority of female applicants have withdrawn a job application in the past, because of perceived gender bias. Data insights also show the top challenges to increasing gender diversity across different industries, including FMCG and manufacturing.
While the current global health crisis and subsequent recession is affecting talent demands and business priorities, diversity is an issue that does not go away and can further influence a looming talent crisis post-pandemic. It is important to be addressed by supply chain leaders and personnel departments on a constant basis, if they want to attract and retain the best talent to navigate stormy waters.
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