July 06, 2017

Today WEConnect International announced on stage in front of 12,000 people at the Global Citizen Festival in Hamburg Germany that Intel, IBM and Pfizer pledged to spend an additional $300 million from women-owned businesses over the next three years. All three corporate members are partnered with WEConnect International and are dedicated to global supplier diversity and inclusion and women’s empowerment.  The announcement came following a Global Citizen and WEConnect International campaign where 20,000 global citizens committed to joining the global movement to buy more from women-owned businesses and calling on companies to commit as well.  

Their commitment to helping women’s business enterprises succeed in global value chains by ensuring all qualified suppliers have an equal opportunity to compete for their business is reflected through their actions. "We are excited that IBM, Intel and Pfizer are working together to increase business opportunities for women suppliers, especially in developing countries," said Elizabeth A. Vazquez, CEO and Co-Founder of WEConnect International. "As more women business owners gain access to new markets, grow their companies and create jobs, entire communities prosper! Join the global movement!"

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