Survey launched to measure gender diversity in meat sector

By Michelle Perrett

- Last updated on GMT

The survey will  measure gender diversity in meat sector
The survey will measure gender diversity in meat sector

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A new global survey has been launched to obtain ‘robust’ data on women working in the meat sector.

Meat businesses are being urged to contribute to the study, which will analyse women in the meat industry for the first time.

Meat Business Women, the global networking group, has launched the survey to seek data on the number of women employed at different organisational levels, their pay and their barriers to career progression.

The findings will be published in a major new report on gender representation in the meat industry, to be unveiled at World Meat Congress on 12 June 2020. Meat businesses from the UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia and the US will be contributing to the report.

Opportunities for women in meat industry

Laura Ryan, chair of Meat Business Women, said the report was the first of its kind to measure gender diversity and career opportunities for women working in meat.

“We have long been frustrated by the lack of reliable data on women in the meat industry,”​ she said.

“By taking part in our survey, businesses will help create much-needed clarity on the contribution women make across the supply chain – and, importantly, where action is needed to improve representation. We are calling on everyone in the meat industry to get involved and contribute to this important piece of work, to help make our sector more sustainable and profitable.”

Survey to include meat processors, packers and wholesalers

The survey will run from 16 March to 3 April and is open to companies from across the supply chain, including meat processors, packers, retailers, wholesalers and independent butchers.

The survey is keen to have data on the number of men and women at different levels, the percentage of women in each pay quartile, the average age of women at the different levels and estimated staff turnover.  

Ryan added: “By submitting data for our state-of-the-nation report, businesses can play a vital role in identifying ‘glass ceilings’ and ‘broken rungs’, so we can remove barriers to gender equality together and set the meat industry up for long-term success.”

Businesses should submit their responses here:

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