In "Gender Diversity: Would You Leave $12 Trillion on the Table?", Anne Tesch, Country Director of WEConnect International in Australasia, tells Procurious why gender diversity should be high on every company’s agenda. At the top of her list is McKinsey’s Global Institute's finding that $12 trillion could be added to the Global GDP by 2025 by advancing women’s equality. Economies most impacted (with GDP gains) would be India (16%), Latin America (14%), China (12%), and Sub-Saharan African (12%). Moreover, along with this social impact and others, there are numerous business benefits:
WEConnect International held its inaugural gala celebrating champions of women's economic empowerment on March 30 in Washington, DC. Brenda Cockrell, Monsanto Company, received the Top Supplier Diversity Champion of the Year Award. In her present capacity as Global Supplier Diversity and Procurement Sustainability Director, Brenda influences cross-functional global champions in both sustainability and supplier diversity, fostering an environment where collaboration can occur throughout the business with sustainable solutions and diversity of suppliers to meet Monsanto’s Procurement needs in the various world regions. These approaches foster diversity of thought and bring new and sustainable ideas to help meet the growing need for innovative agricultural solutions.