Fuso backs women in truck­ing

New Zealand Truck & Driver - - News -

FUSO NEW ZEALAND joined the United States-based

to sup­port di­ver­sity

HAS in the in­dus­try.

It says that in­clu­siv­ity is a core com­pany value and it is “now putting its weight be­hind

to at­tract more women to roles within the sec­tor.”

‹e aim, the com­pany says, is “to be a lead­ing voice for in­creased op­por­tu­nity and greater di­ver­sity within the work­force.”

Fuso NZ gen­eral man­ager of sales Kathy Sch­luter says that women have a lot to oŽer and to gain from be­ing in­volved in the trans­port sec­tor.

“It’s a cool in­dus­try to work in, full of great peo­ple and ded­i­cated op­er­a­tors, who are ac­tively en­gaged in evolv­ing the in­dus­try to make it safe and re­ward­ing for those within it.”

Sch­luter says that join­ing the Amer­i­can­based group is all about fol­low­ing leader and women in truck­ing pi­o­neer Ellen Voie.

Sch­luter says she heard Voie speak at a

an­nual con­fer­ence in 2015, met her and was in­spired by her. Voie has been a lead­ing voice in­ter­na­tion­ally in pro­mot­ing a role for women in the in­dus­try.

Sch­luter says that Fuso NZ, in ad­di­tion to join­ing Voie’s or­gan­i­sa­tion, will also be meet­ing NZ’s and hopes to work to­gether with the Kiwi group as well.

“Which­ever way you look at it, get­ting more women into trans­port, whether as a driver, tech­ni­cian or ad­min­is­tra­tor, can only be a good thing,” says Sch­luter.

“‹ere is a lot we can learn from oth­ers to help de­velop a more pro­gres­sive ap­proach to di­ver­sity. Be­ing aligned to an in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion such as pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity to draw on that ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Fuso NZ wants to be at the fore­front of sup­port­ing pos­i­tive change across the sec­tor, whether it be cre­at­ing more in­clu­sive work­ing en­vi­ron­ments or chang­ing the per­cep­tion of work­ing in trans­port.”


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