WEConnect International in Europe opens doors to new supply chains. Led by corporate members, it certifies firms in the United Kingdom and Ireland that are at least 51% owned, managed and controlled by women and connects them with the growing global demand from corporations and the public sector for diverse and innovative suppliers. The organization partners with corporations, associations, governments, women entrepreneurs and their supporters, and is affiliated with a global certification network for women-owned enterprises.
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Simply Sustainable (link is external), a WEConnect International certified women-owned business, has been named winner of the SME Consultancy of the Year Award at the edie Sustainability Leaders Awards 2017 (link is external), proving its credentials as a foremost specialist sustainability consultancy.
In January 2017, Forbes contributor Philip Salter interviewed Tamara Littleton, founder of WEConnect International certified women's business enterprise The Social Element, to find out more about her journey, remote working and advice for female entrepreneurs. Tamara shared with Philip:
The inaugural International Parity at Work Day was celebrated around the world on the 11th January 2017. Organisations and communities in Australia, Japan, Sri Lanka, UK and USA marked the day in their own unique way.
The Australian Services Union observed the day as a part of its drive to eliminate inequality in the workplace.
In Japan, a group of senior doctors started a cause to break the ‘unofficial’ 30% limit placed on female students entering medical school. Their seminar and discussion focused on how to increase young women’s confidence to apply to medical school, and how to lobby universities to give up their belief that women doctors will leave careers early to have families and so should not receive as much opportunity to study medicine.
Executive Director for Europe, WEConnect International