March 5, 2018

This whitepaper explores how increasing the representation of women in the foodservice distribution industry will boost profitability and competitiveness. Commissioned by IFDA's Women's Leadership Committee, the paper contends that while achieving a more inclusive workforce requires senior leadership to commit time and resources, there is significant return on investment.

Key findings:

  • Gender diversity is associated with increased sales revenue, more customers, and greater relative profits. Companies with the highest representation of women in their top management teams see a higher return on equity than companies with low female representation.
  • ​Gender diversity helps companies connect with an evolving customer base with the number of women-owned restaurants increasing significantly in recent years.  
  • A diversity of perspectives is linked with better decision-making and problem-solving as well as increased innovation and creativity.
  • A commitment to diversity helps with recruitment and retention of the workforce. As a workforce, millennials are the most diverse generation and they value inclusion.
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