Amid the labor issues experienced during the pandemic, no group was as heavily impacted as women. By January 2021, nearly 3 million women had dropped out of the workforce in the U.S. Globally, women lost more than 64 million jobs and at least $800 billion in earnings in 2020. According to the World Economic Forum, it will take 135.6 years (up from 99.5 years) to close the global gender pay gap.
Food and beverage companies across the United States have been actively ramping up their Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) efforts in order to effect change for women in the food and beverage workforce. In fact, according to a 2021 report from Deloitte, 86% of senior leaders at CPG companies felt one of their highest priorities was to make significant progress on their DEI goals.
Food Processing wants to help honor the women—and the companies they work for—that are moving the needle on creating a more female-friendly workforce. We're seeking nominations to honor 10 women that have effected change not only for themselves, but for their peers, their companies, and the future of females in the workforce.
We'll be collecting nominations through March 1, 2022.