So far, policymakers, international organizations, buyers, TSIs, women's business associations and women business enterprises from 48 countries, including 39 least developed countries, have participated in Global Platform activities. Participants have benefited from training and opportunities linking them to markets they wouldn’t otherwise have had access to, through Buyer Mentor Groups and participation in the annual Women Vendors Exhibition and Forum.
The Global Platform is supported by organisations committed to women's economic empowerment, and includes a network of over 650 signatories to the UN Global Compact Women's Empowerment Principles.
1. Create shared value by sourcing from women vendors who offer competitive products and services.
2. Promote the benefits of sourcing from women vendors, and educating multinational corporations on the business case and return on investment.
3. Share knowledge on policies and practices to increase sourcing from women vendors.
4. Support, initiate or improve efforts to integrate women vendors into value chains.
5. Report to the Global Platform Steering Committee on activities and impact via an annual survey.
Corporations, women business owners, governments and institutions wanting to join the initative can are encouraged to sign up here.
Women & Procurement
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