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April 18th, 2018

As of this month, WEConnect International is proud to extend Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) Certification to women-owned businesses in Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. 

WBE Certification offers a formal verification for corporations purchasing goods and services from women businesses owners that meets universal standards for certification. It ensures that said businesses are truly at least 51% owned, managed, and controlled by one or more women. Women-owned businesses in Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands can also continue to self-register on the WEConnect International eNetwork.

“Supplier diversity is a really new part of the diversity landscape here in Europe,” says WEConnect International’s Executive Director for Europe Maggie Berry, “It’s exciting to be working with our corporate members who are leading by example to pioneer the inclusive sourcing movement in the region.”

WEConnect International has offered WBE certification in the UK and Ireland since 2009. With the expansion into new European markets, WEConnect International can help corporations certify their existing women-owned suppliers and connect them to new women-owned businesses ready to scale and grow in global value chains.

“Being a member of WEConnect International really helps us source from diverse suppliers, from women-owned businesses”, says Intel’s Greater European Region Strategic Sourcing Director Megan Stowe, “Which would otherwise be really difficult to accomplish in the international space.” WEConnect International currently offers WBE certification in over 234 countries and works to level the playing field for women-owned businesses to gain access to market-opportunities in nearly 100 countries worldwide.

To learn more about WEConnect International Certification, visit our certification page. 

WEConnect International

WEConnect International is a U.S.-based, corporate-led nonprofit that helps women-owned businesses succeed in global value chains. It identifies, educates, registers, and certifies women's business enterprises based globally that are at least 51 percent owned, managed, and controlled by one or more women, and then connects them with qualified member buyers.