The total number of women in the supply chain is increasing but there are fewer women on executive levels, according to a survey by US-based marketing and research company Gartner.
Women comprise 41% of the supply chain workforce in 2021, up from 39% in 2020. Women account for 15% of executive level roles, down from 17% in 2020. All leadership level, except executive, saw an increase in women representation.
The survey showed the highest percentage of women in that category of workforce since the first edition of the survey in 2016.
54% of survey respondents said that retaining midcareer women is an increasing challenge. Lack of career opportunities is the top reason that midcareer women left a supply chain organization or provider. The second-most selected option was development opportunities.
“Supply chain leaders who are serious about their gender equality efforts must create tailored leadership development programs and explore flexible work policies that cater to the needs of midcareer women,” said Gartner VP Dana Stiffler.