In recent decades barriers have been broken down and, as a society, we have come to appreciate that not everyone fits the same mould. We are a diverse mix of genders, abilities and beliefs, so fundamentally it should follow that all employers embrace the wealth of talent available when recruiting and retaining staff.
Following on from last year's hugely successful inaugural event, the wheels are now in motion for the second Big Logistics Diversity Challenge
The Big Logistics Diversity Challenge (BLDC) has been specifically designed to promote the importance of equality, diversity and inclusion across the logistics industry.
Multi-media specialists Nimble Media Ltd
has partnered with Talent in Logistics (TiL)
to stage this year's event, again being held at Newark Showground, Nottinghamshire, on Tuesday 8 September 2020 .
TiL is dedicated to the recruitment, development, engagement and retention of the 2.5m-plus people working in transport, logistics and warehousing. The company aims to help organisations address skills, training and career progression so they can retain exceptional staff and attract new employees. In particular, TiL promotes the importance of recruiting talent from groups that are currently under-represented in the logistics industry.
Ruth Edwards, Business Development Director for TiL said: "With equality, diversity and inclusion high on our agenda for 2020, teaming up with Nimble Media seemed like the ideal fit for us to showcase something we are extremely passionate about.
"With research suggesting that the sector remains a predominately white-male dominated space, this event is the perfect platform for logistics companies to showcase that they too believe in the benefits of creating an inclusive culture, as well as bringing some workplace fun to their teams.
"We are very much looking forward to supporting the Big Logistics Diversity Challenge for 2020 and hope to see a lot of familiar and new faces take part in such a unique event for the sector."
The BLDC brings together logistics professionals to tackle diversity collaboratively and collectively through fun physical and mental team challenges.
The event is also a platform for attendees to share best practice, network, and help shape how the industry can support a more inclusive sector.
BLDC's chosen charity for 2020 is international development charity Transaid
which has more than 20 years' expertise in multiple countries with partners and governments, empowering people to build the skills they need to transform their lives, through safe, available and sustainable transport.
Florence Bearman, Head of Fundraising, commented: "We are delighted to support Nimble Media and Talent in Logistics through The Big Logistics Diversity Challenge.
"As a global organisation working with a diverse range of individuals and organisations across both sub-Saharan Africa and throughout the UK transport and logistics industry, Transaid understands the importance of diversity and fully supports the promotion of inclusivity in the workforce.
"We are looking forward to partnering with The Big Logistics Diversity Challenge and finding out what's in store for the teams involved in the challenge in 2020."
Teams already signed up to take part in this year's BLDC include University of Derby, Freightliner, SNAP Account, DHL Supply Chain, Wincanton, Coca Cola European Partners, Abellio London Ltd, Computacenter UK Ltd, RAF Logistics, Cass Business School, DFDS, XPO Logistics, Den Hartogh and Howdens.
Dawn Bonfield MBE, Aston University Director of Engineering Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, said: "The BLDC is a fabulous opportunity to boost performance and productivity for all involved in logistics and supply chains.
"I lend my full support to this endeavour and encourage all logistics organisations to enter a team in this unique opportunity. Amongst many others, Aston University is proud to be a supporting organisation.
"All of my experience tells me that innovation, acceleration, growth and success depend heavily upon equality of opportunity, diversity of thought and inclusivity. This is how the best new ideas ferment; how teams best cooperate to deliver, and how organisations best meet their objectives and reduce their risks.
"The BLDC is a fun, fulfilling and reaffirming event that highlights the culture needed for success; it's a special opportunity to show off and develop Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) credentials in a fun and informative way."
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