Following on from last year's hugely successful inaugural event, the wheels are now in motion for the second Big Logistics Diversity Challenge.
Multi-media specialists Nimble Media Ltd has partnered with Talent in Logistics (TiL) to stage this year's event specifically designed to promote the importance of equality, diversity and inclusion across the logistics industry.
TiL helps companies attract, develop and engage the best talent in logistics - with an emphasis on groups currently under-represented in the 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."
This year's Big Logistics Diversity Challenge (BLDC) is again being held at Newark Showground, Nottinghamshire, on 24 June, and 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.
The BLDC's chosen charity for 2020 is international development charity Transaid which empowers people to build the skills they need to transform their lives, through safe, available and sustainable transport.
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.
One of the event's supporting organisations is Aston University and Dawn Bonfield MBE, the university's 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.
“All of my experience tells me that innovation, acceleration, growth and success depend heavily upon equality of opportunity, diversity of thought and inclusivity.
“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."