March 7, 2019
As we approach March 8's International Women's Day, it provides a moment to recognize and celebrate our colleagues who are giving back in their local communities. This year's theme for International Women's Day is #BalanceforBetter, focusing on a more gender-balanced world.
Interestingly, according to MoreThanShipping.com, women only make up one-to-two percent of the workforce in the world's maritime and logistics sectors, which is among the 125 million people working in the industry. But as we look to hire more women at Crane Worldwide, there are women who are already making a difference every day.
Meet Rocio Ramirez, a customs brokerage assistant from Crane Worldwide Logistics Argentina.
A Life-Changing Flood Event
Over the past few weeks, northern Argentina has been suffering from catastrophic flooding caused by heavy rains.
More than 5,000 families have evacuated and there have been four deaths. The flooding has affected many farms, animals, and crops -- a lifeline for people in this region. Three states that have been the most affected: Chaco, Corrientes, and Santa Fe.
Rocio Ramirez has family in this area and knew her town needed aid. Rocio immediately took to the Crane network and asked for donations, which included clothing, food, water, and cleaning supplies.
Crane Worldwide Lends Support in Big Way
While Rocio started this as a personal donation, it quickly turned into a Crane company initiative, and Crane Cares stepped in to lend more support both logistically and materially.
Crane Cares believes it is important to be responsible corporate citizens and positively impact global sustainability. They are committed to the communities they live in.
Crane Cares took a one-woman initiative and made it 10 times bigger. From purchasing mattresses, non-perishable food, and cleaning supplies, Crane did what they do best -- arranged for in-land transportation to make sure the supplies got to the people in need.
On Feb. 1, the journey was made to the Province of Corrientes to deliver the supplies. And the supplies kept growing, justifying a second trip one week later!
This would never have happened if it weren't for Rocio. One woman with a big heart who jumped in, performed a selfless act for people who needed it most during a critical time of crisis.
"We need more 'Rocios' working with us," said Brad Tahan, Vice President of Latin America.
"She jumped in for her fellow countrymen during a time of need and did not think twice or doubt that she could make it happen. Let's celebrate our female colleagues on March 8 and recognize what they bring to work every day."