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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2017
ALC EVENTS DIVERSITY & INCLUSION SUMMIT More than 100 people from across the supply chain attended the 2016 Diversity & Inclusion Summit. The aim of the Summit was to identify how to attract the best possible talent to the logistics industry. Summit participants committed to continuing to work together to increase diversity and inclusion in the industry, and to build upon the work that has taken place since the 2015 Summit. Jenny McAuliffe, Chair of the ALC People Committee, and Executive General Manager People, Australian Rail Track Corporation, stressed the need for the logistics industry to create effective cross-industry partnerships to attract, retain and support a more diverse workforce across all parts of the industry. There is much to do. Workplace Gender Equality Agency figures show that women represent only 26 per cent of employees in the transport, postal and warehousing industry, with a pay gap of 21.4 per cent compared to their male counterparts. The Summit acknowledged that, as an industry, we need to ensure that men and women, young people and Indigenous Australians all have access to the same opportunities, so that we can build a stronger, more prosperous and more innovative industry. The Australian Rail Track Corporation and Brookfield Rail told delegates about their Female Recruitment Project, which uses social media to attract record numbers of women to apply for frontline roles. It has boosted the number of women working in track maintenance roles in both organisations. Gerard Neesham discussed how the Clontarf Foundation has partnered with major Australian businesses, including Qube, to improve the education, discipline, life skills, self-esteem and employment prospects of young Aboriginal men. Professor Gillian Triggs, President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, welcomed industry’s efforts to boost the number of women in the sector, saying that a six per cent increase of women in the paid workforce would expand the Australian economy by $25 billion per year. 37 FUTURE FREIGHT NETWORKS 2017 Jenny McAuliffe speaks at ALC’s Diversity & Inclusion Summit Attendees discuss issues at ALC’s Diversity and Inclusion Summit