WEConnect International has joined with The Economist in their Growth Crossings series about responsible supply chains and the ways to improve sourcing transparency. Co- Founder and CEO of WEConnect International, Elizabeth Vazquez, describes the reasons for women's inclusion in corporate supply chains and provides her guidance and participation in the project. The issue of gender in global value chains needs to be addressed and organizations such as WEConnect International are creating inclusive sourcing networks to connect women- owned businesses to corporate companies worldwide.
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.
On June 19, WEConnect International hosted their 5th annual International Day, which included women business owners, corporate executives, and partners from every region of the world. Over 70 corporate executives attended representing 37 of the world’s largest corporations who seek to do more business with women suppliers. These corporations were able to make connections during the event and expand their global supplier diversity and inclusion network.