April 1, 2020


WOMAN TV – The first and only television channel dedicated to women – featured WEConnect International’s Country Director for Turkey, Nilay Çelik.

Ms. Çelik spoke with leading economist Çetin Ünsalan for 45 minutes about the work of WEConnect International’s corporate members in Turkey that are dedicated to inclusive sourcing, and focused on increasing spend with women-owned businesses in particular.

She pointed out that globally, large buyers spend only 1% with women-owned businesses and WEConnect International aims to change that through connecting its corporate member buyers with its talented network of women-owned businesses.

WEConnect International corporate members actively practicing supplier diversity and inclusion in Turkey include Accenture, Bayer, Boeing, EY, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Marriott International, Microsoft, MSD, Procter & Gamble and the World Bank Group’s private sector arm: the International Finance Corporation (IFC).

Ms. Çelik also discussed how other corporations can engage in supplier diversity and why it’s important to their core business; the current movement in Turkey and other countries; and the obstacles that women in Turkey continue to face in winning large contracts and how WEConnect International can help.

Watch the full interview here:

For more information, please contact Nilay Çelik: Ncelik@weconnectinernational.org