The Women’s Business Enterprise Council (WBENC) announced its 2016 Top Corporations for Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs) at the 2016 Summit and Salute in Phoenix, Arizona on March 24. America's Top Corporations for Women's Business Enterprises is the only national award in the U.S. honoring corporations with world-class programs that create level playing fields for WBEs, which compete for corporate contracts. In addition to offering equal access to business opportunities, Top Corporations generate and conduct a high volume of business with WBEs. These top corporations are leaders in their industry and partner with women business owners throughout the U.S.
On March 16, 2016, Michel Landel, Chief Executive Officer, Sodexo and Janet Awad, Regional Chair of Latin America and Country President, Sodexo Chile, were awarded with the 7 Principles WEPs CEO Leadership Award, which recognizes a company for for their demonstrated commitment to and implementation of policies that advance and empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community.
Philanthropy Impact magazine recently published an article by CEO and Co-Founder of WEConnect International Elizabeth A. Vazquez on the social impact of buying from women.
"Many impact investors are identifying creative new ways to invest in women’s economic empowerment by investing in social enterprises owned by women. This movement has huge potential for impact because when women’s enterprises grow, the women create jobs and tend to invest back into their families and communities.