The educational networking programme Women in Wholesale (WiW) has joined forces with the Federation of Wholesale Distributors to help put diversity, inclusion and mental health awareness at the top of the wholesale industry’s agenda.
“With this partnership – we can achieve greater lobbying influence, helping us to achieve the change that we want to see,” said WiW chair Clare Bocking.
WiW is designed to inspire, support and develop women working in UK grocery and foodservice wholesale. Since WiW’s inception, the FWD has dedicated 50% of its bursaries and awards to females.
Coral Rose, chair of FWD, commented: “The past 10 months have taught us that creating an inclusive work environment is not just about gender and race equality. It’s about mental health and wellbeing, too. Working together we will be able to expand our support and knowledge to the sector, creating a truly effective workforce in the pandemic era.”
Founder Elit Rowland will continue to run the WiW brand and events, coordinating with the FWD.