DHL Supply Chain has been recognised for its leadership in workplace gender equality by being named in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2017. The Times Top 50 Employers for Women is published in partnership with Business in the Community, the Prince’s Responsible Business Network, as part of the charity’s Responsible Business Week.
The alphabetical and unranked list acknowledges UK employers that are making gender equality a key part of their business strategy, with consistent commitment to creating inclusive workplace cultures and progressing women in the workplace, across the entire organisation and at all levels. The list involves a comprehensive submission process managed by the gender equality campaign of Business in the Community.
In an industry that is historically male-dominated, DHL Supply Chain is pioneering a change in attitude, understanding the value of attracting and supporting a diverse workforce to ensure it is able to access industry-leading talent pools and provide the highest quality of customer service.
DHL Supply Chain’s Diversity Action Plan is deployed at all levels of the organisation, ensuring support and initiatives are in place to embed both the value of a diverse workforce and the tools needed to support one. It includes a ‘diversity module’ which is undertaken by all employees, setting out the benefits of a diverse organisation, and the ‘Warehouse to Wheels’ scheme. With women much better represented in warehouse roles, DHL Supply Chain hopes the scheme will encourage more female drivers by developing warehouse employees into HGV drivers. DHL Supply Chain is also working towards the target of ensuring 100% of job roles can be adapted for flexible working.
As a result of continued efforts to be an outstanding place of work for women, DHL Supply Chain has seen impressive and positive achievements towards an equal workforce. Currently 24% of all executive new hires/promotions are women, just 1% away from its 25% target for 2020.
Melanie Kreis, Corporate Board Member for HR at Deutsche Post DHL said: “As a global company of half a million people, the diversity of our employees is a genuine strength, which is why workplace equality is so important to us. I’m delighted to see our Supply Chain business leading the way in our industry and congratulate the UKI team on their success.”
Nikki Craig, Senior Vice President HR, DHL Supply Chain UKI, added: “For too long the logistics industry has had a reputation as male-dominated and not supportive of women. We are proud to be reversing the trend and creating a team that better mirrors the diversity of our customers, suppliers and investors.”
Kathryn Nawrockyi, Gender Equality Director, Business in the Community, said: “Well done to DHL Supply Chain on being named in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2017 – the process was highly competitive so they should be very proud of their success. Their efforts are increasing understanding of the barriers to equality that women face at work, and I hope other employers will follow their lead.”
Emma Tucker, deputy editor of The Times, says: “In the seven years since The Times first published the Top 50 Employers for Women supplement we have seen great advances towards gender equality in the workplace. However, more remains to be done both in the boardroom and on the shop floor and we are again delighted to support Business in the Community’s campaign to create a fairer and better working environment for women.”