Seeking refuge in equal opportunity
Between 500 and 1,000 refugees enter New Zealand each year. Hossain Someh, at All Purpose Transport, is a compelling example of why everyone should have a chance to succeed regardless of ethnicity, background or starting point in life. An Iranian refugee, he escaped from a war zone without his family and arrived in Australia. His belief in the trucking industry led him to buy his own truck. Subsequently, he was able to own a fleet and start his transport business, All Purpose Transport, and started paying it forward by providing opportunities to people like him. Hossain has also taken other refugees under his wing and gave them a chance to follow in his footsteps to become a productive part of the trucking industry.
Diversity in the workplace goes beyond gender, physical abilities and has shown to make significant impact to the culture and the bottom-line of an organisation. The next step is to show that diversity is more than what people think it is and how necessary is the push for a diverse—and inclusive—workforce especially in this talent-dearth transport industry.