A graduation ceremony and buyer-supplier meeting took place today as part of a technical advisory project titled “Corporate Connect: Strengthening Market Access for Women-Owned Businesses”. The project is implemented by the International Finance Corporation Group (IFC) and The Ministry of Commerce in Bangladesh. WEConnect International is the implementing partner of the program.
MISSISSAUGA, ON, April 23, 2019 – Today Walmart Canada and WEConnect International hosted the first WEConnect International Supplier Forum in celebration of Canadian women-owned enterprises.
Disability:IN, NGLCC, USPAACC and WEConnect International together, present the annual Top Global Champions for Supplier Diversity & Inclusion recognition for corporations that lead with global inclusive sourcing efforts. Starting in 2019, the Top Global Champions for Supplier Diversity & Inclusion ranking is the only one of its kind, made up of the some of the world’s largest corporations that have demonstrated their commitment to global inclusive sourcing from diverse groups including minority, women, LGBT and disabled-owned businesses around the globe.
The survey includes questions on U.S. and non-U.S. diverse spend, for all officially recognized diverse suppliers. There is no cost to participate in the survey. Scoring is based on a variety of factors including senior leadership support, program scope, supplier development and global spend with diverse suppliers.
“If you are not sourcing inclusively everywhere you do business, you do not have full access to critical innovations and the best total value options that will help you meet and anticipate the needs of your clients,” says WEConnect International CEO & Co-Founder Elizabeth A. Vazquez. “This ranking showcases the acceleration of a truly global movement towards supplier diversity and inclusion. By leveraging trillions of dollars in corporate spend with diverse suppliers around the globe, corporations like Merck and others are actively driving innovation and creating more inclusive economies.”
2019 Top 10 Global Champions:
- Kelly Services
- Marriott International
- Johnson & Johnson
- Bristol-Myers Squibb
With 95 percent of consumers living outside of the US, inclusive sourcing helps private industry leaders meet the needs of an increasingly diverse customer base while capitalizing on competitive, innovative local talent in the communities where they already operate — building their brand loyalty and impacting the bottom line.