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International Women's Day 2017. Proco Global are proud supporters – are you? #BeBoldForChange

By Stephen Smith in Hong Kong

International Women's Day 2017. Proco Global are proud supporters – are you? #BeBoldForChange

With the majority of the roles that Proco Global deliver across the Americas commanding salaries well in to a healthy six-figure bracket it might seem surprising in this day and age that many of the firms that engage our services still struggle to recruit female hires.

In the week the world marked ‘International Women’s Day’ we want to emphasize that while significant progress has been made, there is still a long way to go in terms of achieving workforce diversity across Supply Chains. Staggeringly the World Economic Forum estimated that across 145 economies – including the Americas - gender parity isn’t expected to be achieved until 2133. That’s over a century away!

In response to this scores of female leaders from global corporations such as Converse, Mondi, and Coca-Cola have told us that that there is still a lack of female role models within industry.

Elsewhere, other firms even told of experiencing blatant discriminatory behavior from male counterparts. 

It is no secret that the world of Supply Chain can be very male dominated. This as you would expect varies industry to industry with greater inroads with more progressive sectors such as Consumer Packaged Goods, Food & Beverage and High Tech than that of the more ‘traditional’ sectors like Big Pharma, Chemicals, Industrial Equipment and other related heavy industries. The good news is times are changing, and this was seen by GSK in the second half of 2016 when they announced the appointment of Emma Walmsley as their new CEO. Not only was she the first CEO that GSK have had, she is the first female CEO to ever be appointed by one of the world’s top 25 pharmaceutical companies. 

GSK have shown us an exciting leap forward and as we look ahead, we expect to see less berries, and more success stories such as Pirjo Virtanen, Vice President, Operations and Site Manager at Metso a €2.6 billion company serving the mining, aggregates and oil and gas industries. She confirms that diversity is now firmly on the agenda, with an industry realization that there has to be a balance of men and women.

We see this too as an increasing number of firms in traditionally more male dominated sectors ask us for support in hiring female senior leaders.

International Women’s Day is a cause Proco Global fully support. Our business was founded in 2008 in response to a very obvious gap in the market – senior level recruitment focused solely on supply chains (Procurement, Manufacturing, Engineering and Quality & Operational Excellence). Since then, we have worked hard to recruit a balanced workforce – irrespective of gender, race or sexuality. As a result, we have achieved a strong balance of male and female employees (53% of all employees are female). In total, 38% of people at manager level and above are women and our operational board already has 66% female representation. We are determined to do more.

As a leading global recruiter, we believe it is important to open the debate and encourage industry to think about diversity which is why in conjunction with International Women’s Day we produced a dedicated website to celebrate the achievements of women working across the supply chain

We don't have all of the answers which is why we want to help start the conversation. 


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