Manufacturing Journalist, TR Cutler Finds More than Half of Supply Chain Organizations Improve Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 1

Manufacturing journalist, TR Cutler recently discussed more than half of supply chain organizations are improving diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the May issue of Manufacturing Outlook magazine. Read the full article here.

Cutler cited new survey findings from Gartner and the Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM), over half of supply chain organizations have improving diversity, equity, and inclusion as an objective or goal, but only a quarter have formal targets.

According to Cutler, company size plays a role when it comes to the dedication of senior leadership to improve DEI. The largest supply chain organizations are far more likely to have DEI objectives – particularly formal targets or goals – than their smaller peers. Only 24% of small business supply chains have improved DEI as an objective.

Dana Stiffler, vice president analyst with the Gartner Supply Chain Practice noted, “In a global organization, it’s more likely they’ll have a DEI officer or an HR leader that owns and cascades the DEI strategy. Where this is not happening fast enough, some chief supply chain officers (CSCOs) have designed and launched their own initiatives.”

The biggest differences in POC representation are not between industries, but again between organization sizes. Large supply chains with an annual revenue of $5 billion or more show greater representation of people of color than any of their smaller peers at all levels of the organization.

Jacket Media is the parent company of Manufacturing Outlook e-zine. The publication highlights current manufacturing trends. 

About TR Cutler, Inc.

Thomas R. Cutler is the President and CEO of Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based, TR Cutler, Inc., the largest manufacturing communication firm worldwide with four dozen industry experts and thought leaders on staff. Cutler is celebrating the 22-year anniversary of the Manufacturing Media Consortium.

During COVID-19 Cutler is advising manufacturers, industrial leaders, supply chain professionals, and C-level executives how to best navigate 2021 and beyond.

Cutler has authored more than 8,000 articles for a wide range of manufacturing periodicals, industrial publications, and business journals. Cutler is the most published freelance industrial journalist worldwide, and nearly 5000 industry leaders follow Cutler on Twitter daily at @ThomasRCutler.

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