Commitment Skyrockets, Requires Follow-Through
2020 was a turning point for CSCOs’ commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Gartner and ASCM surveyed North American and European supply chain organizations on priorities and drilled down on racial/ethnic representation and actions to attract, develop, engage and advance people of color.
The Supply Chain Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Survey was launched in 2020 to capture high-level data on broad DEI dimensions (racial and ethnic minorities, women, LGBTQ, physical ability and others) and initiatives. The survey also explored racial and ethnic DEI data and best practices in supply chain organizations.
Supply chain organizations report two times more diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives in 2020 than they had in 2019. Race/ethnicity and gender are the DEI dimensions most likely to be considered by supply chain organizations. 62% of respondents consider race/ethnicity and 59% consider gender.
Of the full-time supply chain workforce in North America and Europe, 30% are people of color. There is a steep drop-off in representation as the management and leadership pipeline advances to senior leadership — only 9% of supply chain VPs are people of color.
Large, global supply chain organizations ($5 billion) show the most DEI activity and focus. They are more likely to own and lead their initiatives (as opposed to having HR address them). This aligns with their superior DEI performance for building a strong pipeline of supply chain talent for people of color.
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