Empowering Women in the ISO Tank Logistics Industry: Suttons International’s Commitment to Gender Equality

The global ISO tank logistics industry, which plays pivotal role in the international supply chain and movements of liquids, chemicals, and gases has long been characterized by a gender disparity. Historically, this industry has been dominated by men, with few opportunities for women to break through the glass ceiling.

A recent report by McKinsey & Company revealed that women hold only 20% of executive positions globally across all industries, highlighting a broader trend of underrepresentation in leadership roles that extends to transportation and logistics. The International Labour Organization (ILO) reports that women constitute only around 22% of the transportation and storage sector’s global workforce, reflecting a persistent underrepresentation in key operational roles. Moreover, despite the industry’s reliance on skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), women remain underrepresented in these fields, comprising only around 28% of the STEM workforce globally.

These statistics underscore the systemic challenges women encounter in pursuing careers in transportation and logistics, including the ISO tank industry. Stereotypes, limited mentorship opportunities, and insufficient support for achieving work-life balance are among the perceived barriers inhibiting women’s participation and advancement in our industry.

At Suttons International we are breaking this trend and have begun to engage in strategies such as mentorship, support networks, and advocacy to empower to women in our business to fulfil their career potential, our current organisation is comprised of 52% females and 28% are at the senior leadership and executive level.

We are committed to fostering gender diversity and inclusion in our business. To achieve this, Suttons International has launched our global menopause policy, underscoring our commitment to supporting those experiencing symptoms and cultivating a menopause-aware organization. By providing dedicated support, guidance, and tailored policies, we strive to advance gender equality within our business. Other initiatives, including the internal development program, ensure that all staff, regardless of gender, have opportunities for growth and development. Through these efforts, Suttons International fosters a culture where hardworking women are not only welcomed but celebrated. Implementing best practices for creating inclusive work environments, we prioritize personal ability and merit, reaping the benefits of a diverse workforce at the forefront of our business.

While there are many women in Suttons’ business whose success and achievements demonstrate our goals of gender equality in our industry, a fantastic example is Alessandra Torazan, Manging Director Suttons Brazil.

Alessandra’s role as Managing Director of Suttons International Brazil epitomizes our unwavering commitment to gender equality and empowerment. Tasked with overseeing critical aspects of the business in the South America region, including strategic leadership, administration, finance, sales, and operations, Alessandra’s appointment underscores Suttons’ belief in providing equal opportunities for career advancement regardless of gender. Her ability to achieve success in her role while balancing her personal life as a devoted mother of twins showcases Suttons International’s support for achieving work-life balance, a crucial aspect of gender equality in the workplace. Alessandra’s journey reflects Suttons’ dedication to creating an inclusive and supportive work environment where all employees feel valued and empowered to succeed.

In our recent International Women’s Day celebrations, we showcased Alessandra and many other remarkable women who embody our commitment to gender equality and diversity. Their achievements highlight Suttons International’s pledge to foster a workplace culture where all employees can thrive and excel, regardless of gender. While we have made great strides in improving gender equality in our business, we remain steadfast in our commitment to championing gender equality, celebrating diversity, and providing equal opportunities for all employees.

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