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Women in Supply Chain: The Importance of Diversity & Inclusion in the Workforce.

In the traditionally male-dominated field of supply chain and logistics, recognizing and promoting diversity and inclusion is not just a matter of social responsibility but a strategic imperative. The inclusion of women in the workforce brings unique perspectives, skills, and talents that contribute to innovation and resilience in the face of evolving challenges. On the 21st of March, 2023, We had an online event on this topic and notable personalities like Nancy Olisakwe (VP, clearing and settlement, AFEX), Deina Mayaki (CEO, Agriarche), Foluso Ojo (Co-founder, truQ), and Islamiyat Balogun (Founder, Miyyah Foundation) were key speakers and they were able to dissect the topic; stating the importance of diversity and inclusion in the supply chain industry and also highlighting 8BM's role in fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace.


The Importance of Diversity & Inclusion in Supply Chain:


1. Innovation and Problem-Solving: A diverse workforce, including women, brings varied perspectives and experiences. This diversity fosters creativity and innovative problem-solving, essential traits in the rapidly changing landscape of supply chain management.


2. Enhanced Decision-Making: Diverse teams are better equipped to make well-informed decisions. Inclusion of women in leadership positions ensures a wide range of voices are heard, leading to more comprehensive and effective decision-making processes.


3. Improved Customer Understanding: With an increasing number of women influencing purchasing decisions, having a diverse workforce enables better understanding of customer needs and preferences, allowing companies to tailor their services accordingly.


4. Talent Attraction and Retention: Embracing diversity and inclusion creates a workplace culture that attracts top talent. It also enhances employee satisfaction and retention, as individuals feel valued for their unique contributions.


5. Global Perspective: Supply chain operations are inherently global. A diverse workforce, including women, ensures a broader understanding of cultural nuances and global markets, contributing to successful international business operations.


8BM's Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion.


1. Equal Opportunities: 8BM is dedicated to providing equal opportunities for all employees, irrespective of gender. We ensure that hiring, promotions, and professional development opportunities are based on merit and skills.


2. Inclusive Work Environment: 8BM fosters an inclusive work environment that values diversity. We promote a culture of mutual respect, collaboration, and open communication, ensuring that every employee feels heard and appreciated.


3. Professional Development Programs: 8BM invests in professional development programs that support the growth and advancement of all employees, including women. This includes mentorship initiatives, leadership training, and skill enhancement programs.


4. Diversity in Leadership: 8BM recognizes the importance of diversity in leadership roles. We actively work towards promoting and supporting women in leadership positions, ensuring a balanced and inclusive representation at all organizational levels.


5. Community Engagement: Beyond internal efforts, 8BM engages with external communities to promote diversity and inclusion in the broader industry. We participate in initiatives and events that aim to empower and encourage women to pursue careers in logistics and supply chain management.


As the supply chain industry continues to evolve, we (8BM) understand that diversity and inclusion are not just ideals but strategic imperatives. By championing equal opportunities, fostering an inclusive workplace, and supporting women's professional growth, 8BM stands at the forefront of promoting diversity in the supply chain workforce. Through these efforts, we contribute not only to a more equitable industry but also to a more innovative, resilient, and successful future for the entire logistics sector.

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