Empowering women to participate in full and productive employment is essential to expand economic growth, promote social development and enhance business performance. However, the positive impacts of women-focused employment practices on firms, communities and the economy are often under appreciated. To achieve sustainable development and unlock future growth, WINvest and the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) call on business to invest in better employment opportunities for women. Learn more here.
Women's Empowerment Principle 5 encourages companies to expand their business relationship with women-owned enterprises. Supply chains offer a unique opportunity and means for companies to promote human rights and have a positive impact on economic development by offering economically disadvantage groups an equal opportunity to compete for business. The Women's Empowerment Principles call for companies to make inclusive sourcing a key pillar in their business strategy. Learn more here.
Join women business owners and representatives of corporations, governments and trade support institutions at WVEF 2014. This global event provides buyers and sellers in select sectors the opportunity to explore business partnerships, build skills and engage with dynamic public and private sector leaders from around the world. Importantly, the WVEF provides a key opportunity to implement WEPs Principle 5, which calls on business to expand business relationships with women-owned enterprises.
If your company is interested in participating in this event, please complete the short online Buyer Profile Form indicating the nature of products your company is seeking to procure from women vendors. Event organizers will match your company profile with the applications received from women entrepreneurs to identify matching interests. Your company will also be provided with a short-list of selected women vendors best matching your profiled requirements.
This year the event will feature the following sectors:
Information technology, telecommunications and business process outsourcing
The build environment (Clean & green technology, construction and mining)
Garments & apparel
Office products and services
Suppliers to major international events
Shipping and logistics
For additional information on the seller’s application please see the Seller Application Form.
The International Trade Centre, with the support of WEConnect International, launched the Global Platform for Action on Sourcing from Women Vendors in 2010. The aim of the Platform is to increase the share of corporate, government and institutional procurement secured by women vendors for the ultimate purpose of bringing greater economic benefit to women and their communities. Since the launch of the Global Platform, 650 participants from 40 developing countries have participated in two global Women Vendors Exhibition and Forums (WVEF); four Senior Executive Roundtables on Sourcing from Women vendors bringing together decision makers from the public and private sectors and; one roundtable on government procurement on sourcing from women vendors in collaboration with the World Trade Organization. More than 60 letters of intent between women entrepreneurs and buyers to explore business opportunities valued at over US$20m have been signed.
More information on WVEF, including an informative video, can be found here.
WVEF2014 is organised by the International Trade Centre (ITC - a joint agency of the United Nations and World Trade Organization) in partnership with the Government of India Ministry of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises, the India National Small Industries Corporation, the Confederation of Indian Industry and WEConnect International; and with the support of the United Nations Global Compact, Vital Voices Global Partnerships, International Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW), the International Women's Coffee Alliance (IWCA), Full Circle Exchange, the Women's International Textile Alliance (SPINNA), Quantum Leaps, the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA), Madhya Pradesh Association of Women Entrepreneurs (MAWE), Engineering Manufacturer Entrepreneurs Resource Group (eMerg) and the Confederation of Women Entrepreneurs .
This multi-stakeholder consultation, co-convened by UNICEF and UN Women and sponsored by the Governments of Denmark and Ghana, is an open and inclusive coversation for represenatives of civil society, academia, governments, business and the UN to discuss what the Post-2015 development agenda should look like. The Women's Empowerment Principles community is encouraged to contribute to this important dialogue and help highlight the important role of the private sector in advancing women's empowerment and achieving gender equality. Learn more here.
The Women's Empowerment Principles call on companies to assure sufficient participation of women - 30 percent or greater - in decision-making and governance at all levels and across all business areas. Learn more. For a list of related organizations and registers, click here.
Sharing good practices is a key to the WEPs growth. Help us spread your good practices: what steps has your business taken to advance and empower women in the workplace, marketplace and/or community? The UN Women/UN Global Compact WEPs team invites companies to share concrete examples of efforts to empower women and advance the goals of the WEPs. Please send a 150-250 word description to the WEPs team at email@example.com. Examples submitted will be added to the Business Practice section.