Lion, Nestle, Woolworths and Coca-Cola Amatil are among the supporters of a new program aimed at closing the gender gap in the supply chain.
The Deakin University program addresses a workplace gender pay gap of 21.8 per cent in some supply chain companies.
In many cases, women are also making up less than one in 10 employees in workplaces.
Wayfinder: Supply Chain Careers for Women is an initiative of Deakin’s Centre for Supply Chain and Logistics, and is funded by 13 foundation sponsors, including some of the industry’s biggest players.
The Wayfinder initiative was launched yesterday by Deakin Vice-Chancellor Professor Jane den Hollander AO in Geelong, in time for International Women’s Day.
It was the first in a series of lunches across Australia which will link company demand for talented female workers with women and girls.
The supply chain industry is currently experiencing a rapid period of change, with huge technological advances, increasing automation and globalisation of trade.
Wayfinder is supported by Qube, ARTC, Woolworths, Lion, Toll, Viva Energy, Linx Cargo Care, VICT, DP World, Coca-Cola Amatil, Nestle, Kalari HSE and CC Containers.