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Meat industry called on to contribute to gender report

By Gwen Ridler

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Meat firms have been called on to contribute to Meat Business Women's gender report
Meat firms have been called on to contribute to Meat Business Women's gender report
Meat businesses have been urged to contribute to Meat Business Women’s gender equality report as part of international research to track how many women are working in the global meat sector.

Businesses globally can participate by supplying basic employee data. This data will be used to deliver key information on the percentage of women employed at different organisational levels, perspectives from key leaders on what’s helping and hindering gender equality and broader inclusion in the industry.

The research will also look into focus groups with women to understand their experiences of working in the industry and case studies of organisations and initiatives that have made a positive difference to gender representation.

United Nations’ report

Meat Business Women’s research will track progress against the trailblazing report in 2020 which was instigated by the United Nations. This year’s final report will form a key part of the agenda at the World Meat Congress in October.

Chair Laura Ryan said: “In order for the meat industry to remain resilient and sustainable, it needs to understand how best to progress gender equality. This report will track progress since the 2020 report and share practical recommendations that both the sector and individual organisations can adopt to create a positive change.

‘Playing their part’

“It’s crucial that businesses play their part in this essential research by supplying basic employee data so that it can provide a comprehensive understanding of the ‘state of the nation.”

Organisations can submit their basic employee data by 24 March through the Meat Business Women website​. Members of the meat industry can also participate in an anonymous questionnaire​ for people in the meat industry to further understand enablers and barriers.

Meanwhile, for International Women's Day, Bethan Grylls speaks with a range of female voices in the food, drink and coaching sector​ to find out more about this year's theme of equity and how we can best support women in the workplace.

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