Data collected will be used to develop the WIT Index, which is an industry barometer to regularly benchmark and measure the percentage of women in the transportation industry.  -  File Photo: Vesna Brajkovic

Data collected will be used to develop the WIT Index, which is an industry barometer to regularly benchmark and measure the percentage of women in the transportation industry.

File Photo: Vesna Brajkovic

The Women In Trucking Association has launched a survey s survey that collects data on gender diversity in the trucking and overall transportation industry.

The data will be used to develop this year’s version of the WIT Index, which is an industry barometer to regularly benchmark and measure the percentage of women who are professional drivers, in corporate positions, and serve on boards of directors.

WIT is requesting for-hire trucking companies, private fleets, transportation intermediaries, railroads, ocean carriers, equipment manufacturers, and technology companies to report the percentage of women in various roles of their workforce include.

Data reported will be kept confidential and data will be reported only as aggregate totals of respondents. Individuals completing the survey must be an authorized respondent from the company. Interested participants can report their data via the live survey through April 1, 2022.

Participating companies in the survey will receive at no cost an executive summary of the 2022 WIT Index, which will enable them to benchmark their gender diversity practices against other companies in transportation.

Monitoring gender diversity in a male-populated industry like transportation is critical so that statistically valid data can be used to evaluate progress made in this area, WIT officials said in a press release.

“By ensuring we have gender diversity in the marketplace, our overall industry benefits from increased creativity and innovation,” said Ellen Voie, president and CEO of WIT, who spearheaded the launch of the first WIT Index in 2016. “Through more gender diversity, individual companies also can ultimately tap into more people who have the right skill sets and talents they need in their workforce.”

This year, WIT has expanded its collection on the percentage of women in additional functional roles, including operations, technicians, human resources and talent management, and marketing.

The WIT Index was last published in 2019.

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