The Power of Procurement

How to Source from Women-Owned Businesses: Corporate Guide to Gender-Responsive Procurement

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This manual provides corporations and their suppliers with a deeper understanding of the barriers and challenges preventing women-owned businesses from accessing and fully participating in local and global values chains. It provides the tools and techniques for reducing or eliminating these barriers and for leveraging the vast untapped economic potential represented by women-owned businesses. For many women, entrepreneurship offers a path to economic empowerment and it is incumbent upon corporations to help create conditions that permit this.



Overcoming the challenges facing women-owned business enterprises

For small businesses, becoming a corporate supplier is a catalyst to growth. It provides them with increased revenue and financial stability, it opens doors to other large clients, and it lends instant credibility (Foggin, 2009). Today, however, breaking into the corporate supply chain can be difficult, as evidenced by the relatively small number of companies that have managed to do so. This is particularly true for businesses owned by women.


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