BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – In 2004, Republic Services of Baton Rouge employed zero female drivers. Today, the local branch employs nearly 70 female waste collection drivers, a seemingly high number of female employees in a position many would expect males to dominate.
Sharon Mann, the branch’s general manager, was faced with a driver shortage 15 years ago and thought women could fulfill the role by exuding their skills, being safe and providing a good customer service experience. That’s when Mann starting working to change Republic Services’ recruiting strategy.
“Republic Services, the second largest recycling and waste management company in the country, is now leading the charge in diversity and inclusion and is above the national average in hiring female drivers,” said a company spokesperson. “Following Sharon’s lead in Baton Rouge, the company founded its SheDrives recruitment initiative, encouraging women to join their fleet as a career as a driver…”
Republic Services has been named in the Forbes’ America’s Best Employers for Women list for two consecutive years.