Disability:IN, NGLCC, USPAACC and WEConnect International together, present the annual Top Global Champions for Supplier Diversity & Inclusion recognition for corporations that lead with global inclusive sourcing efforts. Starting in 2019, the Top Global Champions for Supplier Diversity & Inclusion ranking is the only one of its kind, made up of the some of the world’s largest corporations that have demonstrated their commitment to global inclusive sourcing from diverse groups including minority, women, LGBT and disabled-owned businesses around the globe.
The survey includes questions on U.S. and non-U.S. diverse spend, for all officially recognized diverse suppliers. There is no cost to participate in the survey. Scoring is based on a variety of factors including senior leadership support, program scope, supplier development and global spend with diverse suppliers.
“If you are not sourcing inclusively everywhere you do business, you do not have full access to critical innovations and the best total value options that will help you meet and anticipate the needs of your clients,” says WEConnect International CEO & Co-Founder Elizabeth A. Vazquez. “This ranking showcases the acceleration of a truly global movement towards supplier diversity and inclusion. By leveraging trillions of dollars in corporate spend with diverse suppliers around the globe, corporations like Merck and others are actively driving innovation and creating more inclusive economies.”
With 95 percent of consumers living outside of the US, inclusive sourcing helps private industry leaders meet the needs of an increasingly diverse customer base while capitalizing on competitive, innovative local talent in the communities where they already operate — building their brand loyalty and impacting the bottom line.
Few people have knocked down more gender-based barriers than Patricia Scotland. Her current role as Secretary-General of the Commonwealth is the latest ‘first’ in a career which has seen her become the first black woman to become Queen’s Counsel (QC), the first black woman ever to become a minister in the UK Government and the first woman to take up the position as Attorney General for England. At 35, she was also the youngest woman ever to be made a QC - and now – aged 63, is busy serving 53 countries as the first female Secretary-General of the Commonwealth.
March 27, 2019, Dhaka - A high-level Forum was hosted in Dhaka, Bangladesh today to discuss the business opportunity of linking women-owned businesses to local corporate value chains. The Forum is part of a technical advisory project titled “Corporate Connect: Strengthening Market Access for Women-Owned Businesses” and is implemented by the International Finance Corporation Group (IFC) and The Ministry of Commerce in Bangladesh. WEConnect International is the implementing partner of the program.