Washington, D.C., April 26, 2022—In partnership with Disability:IN and the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), WEConnect International announced its 2022 Top Global Champions for Supplier Diversity & Inclusion (SD&I) today, in which 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 were recognized.
This distinction recognizes large corporations and organizations for achieving the highest percentages of global diverse spend among all survey participants and awardees were announced at WEConnect International’s virtual live awards ceremony during the annual Symposium for Global Supplier Diversity & Inclusion event.
WEConnect International, a global non-profit that brings motivated, large corporate, multilateral and government buyers together with women-owned business suppliers around the world, conducts this one-of-a-kind annual survey. Supplier diversity and inclusion is a strategic business process aimed at providing companies owned by historically underutilized diverse groups an equal opportunity to become suppliers to major corporations, governments and multilateral organizations so that they can grow their businesses.
“We are thrilled to recognize these powerful global champions for serving as global leaders in taking action and being intentional about buying from diverse suppliers with the goal of driving greater socio-economic equity in communities worldwide,” said WEConnect International CEO & Co-Founder Elizabeth A. Vazquez.
This year’s awardees were honored in platinum, gold, silver and bronze categories. These WEConnect International Top Global Champion Award-winning multinational giants are leading the way toward more inclusive value chains:
Platinum: Top level of commitment to global supplier diversity and inclusion and are the best of the best among the global champions in regard to inclusive spend, policies and procedures.
Gold: Demonstrated high-level of commitment to global supplier diversity and inclusion and exceeded the average global champions in regard to inclusive spend, policies and procedures.
Silver: Commendable commitment to global supplier diversity and inclusion in regard to growing inclusive spend, policies and procedures.
Bronze: Committed to global supplier diversity and inclusion by starting or expanding inclusive spend, policies and procedures.
About WEConnect International
WEConnect International is a member-led, global non-profit that brings motivated, large corporate, multilateral and government buyers together with women-owned suppliers around the world. It works with over 160 multinational buying organizations with over $1 trillion in annual purchasing power combined, that have committed to sourcing more products and services from women-owned businesses based in over 130 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 certification in over 50 countries that represent over 70 percent of the world’s population.