Representation of people of color (PoC)* in supply chain organizations is much higher at every level when the company is publicly held, according to a survey by Gartner, Inc. and the Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM).
The Supply Chain Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Survey of 384 supply chain professionals, conducted in December 2021 mostly in the U.S., Canada and Europe, found that people of color make up 35% of the overall supply chain workforce in publicly held companies and 13% of vice presidents. For supply chain organizations in privately held companies, people of color make up 30% of the overall workforce, and 7% of vice presidents (see Figure 1).
“We see a similar dynamic when we compare global companies – with a revenue of over $5 billion – to their smaller peers,” said Dana Stiffler, vice president analyst with the Gartner Supply Chain practice. “Looking at manager level and above, the big players have much stronger pipelines when it comes to representation of people of color.”
In addition, the pay gap is narrower between different racial and ethnic groups for publicly held organizations. “While all supply chain professionals earned higher pay across the board in 2021, it’s encouraging to see that the gap for people of color has narrowed – at least for public enterprises,” said ASCM CEO Abe Eshkenazi, CSCP, CPA, CAE. “What we need to do is completely close the gap – so that all organizations, pubic and private, are places where racial and ethnic minorities, women, LGBTQ, physical ability and others have equal opportunities.”