WEConnect International announces the release of a progressive publication for visionary organizations and conscious consumers ready to use their purchasing power to expand economic opportunities for women entrepreneurs globally.
WASHINGTON, DC (PRWEB) MARCH 11, 2013
As the United States celebrates progress during International Women’s History Month, many women from Africa to Asia are still fighting for equal economic opportunity. WEConnect International announces the timely release of Buying For Impact: How to Buy From Women and Change Our World, a progressive publication for visionary organizations and conscious consumers ready to use their purchasing power to put more money into the hands of women. We have seen how a little support can transform the lives of women and children in poverty, just imagine what we can do through the public sector, private sector and civil society working together to expand economic opportunities for women entrepreneurs globally.
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Authored by Elizabeth A. Vazquez, president, CEO and co-founder of WEConnect International, and Andrew J. Sherman, partner at the global law firm of Jones Day, Buying For Impact: How to Buy From Women and Change Our World, is an inclusive sourcing “how to” guide with contributions from leading global supplier diversity experts and women business owners who have cracked the code, successfully bidding and winning large procurement contracts.
“This book shares an astonishing collection of innovative applicable practices that companies, governments, and women entrepreneurs can take to decrease barriers and increase opportunities to expand women’s economic participation, ultimately allowing women to grow their incomes and contribute to the well-being of their families and all of society,” shares Melanne S. Verveer, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, U.S. Department of State.
Women-owned enterprises in 2012 represented less than one per cent (1%) of the total global procurement and vendor spend of the Fortune 1000. This disparity is not only inherently unfair, but represents a lost strategic and societal opportunity for advancement. The consequences to undervaluing and underutilizing the contributions of half the population are fewer solutions and options available in the marketplace.
Buying for Impact: How to Buy From Women and Change Our World is a book for people and organizations that care about their purchasing power. A world where women business owners have equal opportunity to sell their solutions and create prosperity is a world of opportunity creation, wealth creation, innovation creation and job creation.
Proceeds of this book will go to WEConnect International, a corporate-led non-profit that helps build sustainable communities by empowering women business owners to succeed in local and global markets. WEConnect International has since 2009 provided business education, certification, and business connections to companies based outside the United States that are at least 51 percent owned, managed and controlled by one or more women. WEConnect International corporate members represent $700 billion in annual purchasing power and are true pioneers in inclusive sourcing and global supplier development.