In the US, Women in Packaging has launched an active programme to assist governmentagencies, consumer goods and packaging industry companies in establishingconcrete diversity policies.
The association's recently formed BestPractices Committee is comprised of a team of packagingProfessionals. Women in Packaging (WMPKG) says that many companies have already recognised the importance of thiseffort and joined the Best Practices Committee.
Those companies now include Astra-Zeneca,Biomeriuex, Carnaud Metalbox/Crown Cork & Seal, Coca-Cola, Contract MarketResearch, Cordis, Dow, Eastman Kodak, Ford, FutureBrand, Georgia-Pacific,Guidant, Holland & Knight LLP, Inland, Kraft, MeadWestvaco, Mocon, Netherwood Consulting, Packaging Specialists, PCA,Rock-Tenn, Smurfit-Stone, Sonoco, Stratix, TetraPak and Universal Folding Box.
"We are encouraging all packaging and manufacturing companies to join inestablishing diversity policies," said JoAnn R. Hines, founding executivedirector of Women in Packaging. "The mission and focus of the committee willbe to lead employers to identify and establish better diversity practicesthat ultimately will improve their bottom line."
The committee will work to provide business case materials on all areas ofdiversity in order to assist in identifying Best Diversity Managementpractices for both companies and government agencies. The exchange ofinformation will focus on all key issues of workplace diversity.
"By utilising the WMPKG network, it is our hope that the committee will movealong a faster track, as Women in Management can expedite the establishmentof relationships and information exchange via our existing and extensivenetworking resources," said Hines.
Founded as an organisation dedicated to helping increase diversity in the packaging industry and in particular to encourage industry-wide commitmentto the future of women in this field, WMPKG has created a number of programmes tofoster that goal. The organisation serves men and women equally in its programmes.