The WEConnect International in Australasia connects women-owned enterprises to corporations under their Supplier Diversity and Inclusion programs.
In Australasia, WEConnect International works in collaboration with women's organizations including BPW (Business & Professional Women), The Ruby Connection (part of Westpac Bank), Women In Global Business (part of Austrade), WCEI (Women Chiefs of Enterprise International). Certification is offered in Australia and New Zealand.
News and Events
The number of female executives at firms listed on the global Bloomberg Financial Services Gender Equality Index (BFGEI) increased by 25.2% between 2014 and 2015. The BFGEI recognizes 52 firms in 17 countries, and this is the first time Australian firms, including local WEConnect International corporate member Westpac, have been featured in the index.
According to the Financial Standard: "Firms included on the index demonstrate an average female board representation of 24.2%, while 73% require a gender diverse range of candidates for management roles. A further 83% offer or sponsor financial literacy and education programs for women, and 75% have return to work processes in place for female staff."
Congratulations to WEConnect International certified women’s business enterprise Global Forwarding Pty Ltd – winner of two of CV Magazine 2016 Small Business Awards for Best Freight Forwarding Solutions and for Innovation in Supply Chain Management!
Global Forwarding Pty Ltd is a Melbourne-based company committed to excellence in international freight forwarding and customs brokerage. Owner Enrica Centorame is also a champion of supplier diversity and inclusion, and her company’s philosophy reflects this dedication. As stated on the Global Forwarding Pty Ltd website:
Founded in October 2012, Buzz Export Services was conceived as a marketing firm with a focus on the travel industry. Their range of services caters to individual client needs, supplementing their innovative and creative solutions with diligent market research, strategic planning and trend analysis. "We saw the opportunity to not only serve our clients by enhancing the traveling consumers’ experience, by building an evolving network within the industry, with Brand Partners and airline clients", said CEO Victoria Beneragama.
Victoria’s drive to grow her business led her to obtain the first certification of WEConnect International in Australia in June 2013. Believing that WEConnect International’s extensive corporate network would give her firm access to new markets, namely the U.S. travel industry, she was introduced to the organization’s local market lead Anne Tesch. As Victoria puts it, with Anne it felt “like a true partnership, with her championing [the] business, facilitating introductions within other regions to potential clients, contacts and supply partners.”