Country Director, Brazil
WEConnect International in Brazil identifies, educates, registers, and certifies women's business enterprises that are at least 51% owned, managed, and controlled by one or more women. WEConnect International is the only non-profit connecting women-owned businesses with multi-national corporate purchasing organizations outside of the United States.
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(31.05.2017) Um dos Membros Corporativos do programa da WEConnect International, a Monsanto, não está somente interessada em comprar de empresas de diversidade. Eles também querem que estas empresas tenham mais competitividade e cresçam no mercado, neste sentido, lançaram no final do ano passado o Programa de Desenvolvimento de Fornecedores de Diversidade. Essa é uma iniciativa global lançada em 2016 que tem como objetivo fortalecer as empresas classificadas como minorias, promovendo o desenvolvimento e oportunidades, e estimulando o aumento de competitividade. Das 5 empresas selecionadas para o programa, 3 são certificadas da WEConnect International -- MCM Brand Experience, Optec e Projex.
Within the framework of the panel “Stimulating the Growth of Women’s Businesses in Latin America with the Support of the Private Sector” WEConnect International presented the preliminary results of the study supported by Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) on November 24th, 2016 as part of the WEConnect International Annual Forum. Additional sponsors of the forum included Intel and ExxonMobil, and the event featured a meet the member event and a matchmaking event.
On December 3, 2015 corporate member Pfizer welcomed a select group of certified women-owned businesses to their São Paulo headquarters to discuss the inclusion of women-owned businesses in the Pfizer supply chain in Brazil. The meeting opened with a brief presentation of the Pfizer supply chain operation as well as an introduction to the socially responsible actions the company carries out in Brazil. The women business owners then each got to pitch their business to the Pfizer audience composed of representatives not only from procurement but also from other departments that make smaller purchases. A dynamic conversation followed where certified business owners and Pfizer staff discussed how to facilitate business between corporations and small enterprises run by women in Brazil. The meeting wrapped up with a networking coffee break to stimulate new business connections.