FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Washington, D.C. — May 3, 2023 — WEConnect International and the Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW) are pleased to announce that they signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on May 3, 2023, in Washington, D.C. The MoU aims to launch a global campaign to identify and register women-owned businesses that can contribute to ending plastic waste and promote a circular economy.
WEConnect International is a global non-profit that brings motivated, large corporate, multilateral, and government buyers together with qualified women-owned suppliers around the world. They work with over 180 member buyers, with a combined annual purchasing power of over US$ 3 Trillion, that have committed to sourcing more products and services from women-owned businesses based in over 140 countries.
AEPW is a non-profit that operates globally to end plastic waste from entering the environment. They are seeking to better connect women who operate businesses and social enterprises with major suppliers in the plastic value chain and create end markets for recyclates, build and create more inclusive value chains and create strong social benefits through its projects.
The MoU was signed during WEConnect International’s Annual Gala dinner, which celebrated the best of the best in global women’s economic empowerment and Supplier Diversity & Inclusion. The winners of the 2023 Top Global Corporate Champions in Supplier Diversity & Inclusion were announced at this event.
On May 4, 2023, a Global Symposium will convene partners of WEConnect International Member Buyers and serve as a platform for them to share their ongoing work and learnings in gender-inclusive sourcing.
We invite you to join us in celebrating the global contributions of women business owners and the role they play in sustainable economic prosperity.
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About WEConnect International
WEConnect International is a member-led, global non-profit that brings motivated, large corporate, multilateral, and government buyers together with qualified women-owned suppliers around the world. It works with over 180 multinational buying organizations, with over $3 trillion in annual purchasing power combined, that have committed to sourcing more products and services from women-owned businesses based in over 140 countries. WEConnect International 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 provides Women Business Enterprise certification in over 55 countries that represent 70% of the world’s population. https://weconnectinternational.org/
About Alliance to End Plastic Waste
The Alliance to End Plastic Waste is a global initiative that is dedicated to reducing plastic waste in the environment. The organization is making progress towards its goal of investing $1.5 billion over five years to reduce plastic waste in the environment, and is working with partners to develop and implement innovative solutions to prevent and address plastic waste. The Alliance’s goal is to invest $1.5 billion over five years to reduce plastic waste in the environment. To achieve this goal, the Alliance focuses on four areas of action: prevention, innovation, clean-up, and engagement. The prevention pillar focuses on the reduction of plastic waste at its source by promoting the use of reusable packaging, increasing the recycling rate, and promoting the use of recyclable and compostable materials. The innovation pillar focuses on developing new technologies to reduce and reuse plastic waste. The clean-up pillar focuses on removing plastic waste from the environment, while the engagement pillar focuses on raising awareness, educating the public, and creating partnerships with governments, businesses, and other organizations. https://endplasticwaste.org/