FedEx and UPS logistic companies, brings aid to the Bahamas
Following the destruction caused by Hurricane Dorian in late August 2019, multiple corporations have provided relief support to those impacted by the category five hurricane.
This week, two global leaders in logistics FedEx and UPS has committed to providing financial aid and transporting emergency supplies.
Official FedEx operations began in 1973 with 389 team members distributing in the US. Today, Fedex operates worldwide and has over 450,000 team members.
This week, as part of FedEx's '50 by 50' goal - helping 50 million people by its 50th anniversary - the company has teamed up with Direct Relief, International Medical Corps, Team Rubicon and Water Mission to provide US$500,000 worth of lifesaving supplies to hard-hit communities in the Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian.
“Many of the people in these hard-hit communities have lost everything and are in desperate need of help. On behalf of more than 450,000 FedEx team members around the world, we are proud to be able to use our global network to provide these lifesaving resources,” said Raj Subramaniam, president and COO, FedEx Corporation. “We are inspired by the passion of these organisations and their commitment to making a difference in the lives of others, and we will continue to work with them as they help with recovery efforts.”
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Founded in 1907, UPS is a multi-billion-dollar global corporation providing packaging delivery and specialised transportation and logistics services. UPS currently operates in over 200 countries and territories worldwide.
Along with FedEx, UPS announced its own commitments to support immediate needs and long-term recovery from Hurricane Dorian. The UPS Foundation – UPS Global citizenship programme – has committed to providing US$1mn towards the relief efforts. In addition to financial aid, UPS’ humanitarian charter flights delivered 20 metric tons of emergency supplies including shelter, hygiene and water purification supplies provided by UNICEF and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
“It’s times like this when we are most grateful and honoured to support the relief organisations and first responders helping to save lives and serve communities when they need us most,” said Eduardo Martinez, UPS chief diversity and inclusion officer and president of The UPS Foundation. “These efforts are just the beginning of our commitment to the long-term recovery of the impacted areas.”
Long-term the UPS Foundation will collaborate with a network of organisations including: American Red Cross, The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Bahamas Red Cross, UNICEF, Salvati9on Army, World Food Programme, St. Bernard Project, Toolbank, Team Rubicon, Good360 and MAP International.
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Gartner: Women in supply chain at five-year high
Women now represent a greater percentage of the supply chain workforce than at any other point in at least the past five years, according to a recent Gartner survey.
The Women in Supply Chain Survey 2021, conducted by Gartner and Awesome, surveyed 223 supply chain organisations with more than $100m in annual revenue from February through to the end of March 2021.
- Women represent 2% more of supply chain workforce than in 2020
- Women now account for 42% of the workforce
- Number of women in exec-level positions declined by 2%
- Just 15% of top leadership are women (17% in 2020)
- 84% of organisations say COVID-19 did not impact efforts to advance women
It found that women now represent two per cent more of the supply chain workforce than in 2020, accounting for 42%, compared with 39% last year. Dana Stiffler, Vice President Analyst with the Gartner Supply Chain practice, says the impact of COVID-19 on supply chain was significant, though different to other sectors.
"Contrary to other industries, supply chain’s mission-criticality during the COVID-19 pandemic has meant that many sectors did not reduce their workforce, but rather continued to hire and even faced talent shortages, especially in the product supply chains," she said. "This resulted in many women not only standing their ground in supply chain organisations but increasing their representation in organisations. We also recorded a record number of specific commitments and supply chain-led actions and saw existing programs starting to pay off."
Supply chain still lacks women in executive leadership
But the elephant in the boardroom remains. Though the figures present a positive step towards greater diversity and gender equality at all levels, the number of women in executive level positions declined by two per cent in the past year. Women represent just 15% of the upper echelons of supply chain leadership. Gartner did however record a rise in women at all other levels of leadership.
The vast majority (84%) of organisations surveyed said the outbreak had no discernible impact on their ability to retain and advance women. But more than half (54%) admitted that retaining mid-career women was becoming increasingly difficult. A lack of career opportunities was cited as the biggest challenge to this, while other blamed a lack of development opportunities.
Despite these challenges, companies of all sizes are becoming broadly better at gender diversity. Around a third more said they had a targeted initiative focused on attracting women and advancing their careers.
Stiffler said a push towards measurable and formal initiatives is at least pointing in the right direction: “It's encouraging to see that the larger share of this jump was for more formal targets and specific goals on management scorecards. For these respondents, there is greater accountability for results — and we see the correlation with stronger representation and inclusion showing up in pipelines.”