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ACCELERATING ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT AND INCLUSION

The Women4Business Daring Circle is committed to promoting and accelerating women’s economic empowerment in business and supply chains. It highlights the crucial role of women’s entrepreneurship and leadership for an inclusive economic recovery.

Entrepreneurship is a ready route towards both economic empowerment and growth. If women and men participated equally as entrepreneurs, global GDP could rise by up to 6%, or $5 trillion[1]

Diversity in supply chains offers a real value, increasing access to innovation and resilience within companies. Yet, the gender gap in supply chain and entrepreneurship remains disproportionately large today. Women entrepreneurs rarely have equal opportunities to compete for large contracts, and face more challenges in scaling and sustaining their businesses. 

Many corporations and policy makers are unaware of this issue, or they don’t know how to make procurement more inclusive. The Daring Circle Women4Business advocates for collective action to solve this issue.

Through its original research and activities, the Daring Circle is building awareness and educating about the value of supplier diversity. The Daring Circle released the Toolkit for Action on Inclusive Sourcing, providing organisations with holistic tools and knowledge resources to make their supply chains diverse and gender inclusive.

[1] Unnikrishnan, S. and Blair, C., 2019. ‘Want to Boost the Global Economy by $5 Trillion? Support Women as Entrepreneurs’. Boston Consulting Group.

The Toolkit consists of: 

The Inclusive Sourcing Journey — to assess the maturity, reach and impact of an organisation’s supplier diversity practices and provide custom recommendations to advance them.

The Legal Guide for Positive Action — to equip procurement teams with guidance to design affirmative action policies for inclusive sourcing, consciously of what is legally compliant.

The Communications Guide — to assist organisations in building engagement and inspire action on supplier diversity, in the knowledge of best practices, terminology and the business case for gender inclusive sourcing.

 

The Women4Business Daring Circle is led by P&G, in collaboration with BNP Paribas, ExxonMobil, Johnson & Johnson, L’Oréal and Publicis Groupe. The Circle is supported by Knowledge Partner Kearney, Insight Partner Clifford Chance, and Institutional Partner WEConnect International, and HEC as Academic Partner, along with a diverse network of experts and corporate champions.

 

 

 

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As a third and essential part of its Toolkit for Inclusive sourcing, the Women’s Forum has launched a Communication Guide to communicate about the why, what and how to achieve supplier diversity and implement a gender-inclusive sourcing programme.
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The Women4Business legal guide aims to equip procurement teams with the necessary information to design affirmative action policies for supplier diversity and gender-responsive sourcing.
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The Inclusive Sourcing Journey is a new digital tool which will assess the maturity, reach and impact of the supplier diversity and inclusive sourcing practices of participating organisations.
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Suzanne is a globally recognised expert on gender smart investing. She leverages deep networks in finance, philanthropy, development, and entrepreneurship to connect public and private investors to the people and information they need to move their capital in a gender-smart way.
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A COMMUNICATIONS GUIDE

As a third and essential part of its Toolkit for Inclusive sourcing, the Women’s Forum has launched a Communication Guide to communicate about the why, what and how to achieve supplier diversity and implement a gender-inclusive sourcing programme.
Read more

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WOMEN4BUSINESS REPORT 2020

Discover the new Women4Business Daring Circle report now.
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FORGING THE FUTURE WITH WE4G

The Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society, in partnership with P&G and the HEC Paris Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center has decided to launch WomenEntrepreneurs4Good, an initiative designed to inspire and foster female creativity and entrepreneurial potential for good in Europe.
Read more

LEGAL GUIDE FOR POSITIVE ACTION

The Women4Business legal guide aims to equip procurement teams with the necessary information to design affirmative action policies for supplier diversity and gender-responsive sourcing.
Read more

INCLUSIVE SOURCING JOURNEY

The Inclusive Sourcing Journey is a new digital tool which will assess the maturity, reach and impact of the supplier diversity and inclusive sourcing practices of participating organisations.
Read more

LEADING THROUGH ADVERSITIES : IT IS OK NOT TO BE OK!

“We have proven that women can handle one of the worst pandemics in the whole world successfully, so I think that after this is over, we deserve to have important positions and corporate leadership”- Gina Barroso, President and CEO, GRUPO DIARQ shares with other leaders and entrepreneurs her insights on handling the Covid-19 crisis and moving forward
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WOMEN4BUSINESS TOOLKIT FOR ACTION

The Women4Business Daring Circle is currently building a Toolkit for Action, which will be a new and unique package of digital materials giving organisations all the tools they need to make their supply chains diverse and gender inclusive.
Read more

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Chetna Sinha Founder Chairperson of Mann Deshi Bank and Mann Deshi Foundation shares with other leaders and entrepreneurs her inspiration to cope with the Covid-19 crisis and to move forward.

Read more

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Including women’s perspectives means there is less bias and more diversity in the discussion and its results. That continues to be important; in war, in peace and in pandemics.
Read more

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How are women being impacted by COVID-19, and how are they leading to address the challenges faced by others? To learn, The Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society is conducting a series of interviews with women entrepreneurs and ambassadors for women’s empowerment around the world.
Read more

LEADING THROUGH ADVERSITIES: WOMEN SHAPES THE TRANSFORMATION OF THE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY

The Women’s Forum met with Harjit Gill, Chief Executive Officer of the Asia Pacific Medical Technology Association. APACMed is the only regional association to provide a unified voice for the medical technology industry in Asia Pacific. Harjit was previously the EVP and CEO of Philips ASEAN & Pacific, and held a variety of international roles with Philips over two decades.
Read more

LEADING THROUGH ADVERSITIES: WOMEN WILL CHANGE THE FUTURE OF INDIA

Women will change the future of India, and the silver lining of this crisis might be the recognition of that.” Listen to Anita Dongre, creator of The House of Dongre and trailblazer at the forefront of Indian fashion on how she adapts to the crisis and looks forward to building her business to be sustainable, human-centered and environmental conscious.
Read more

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How are women being impacted by COVID-19, and how are they leading to address the challenges faced by others? To learn, The Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society is conducting a series of interviews with women entrepreneurs and ambassadors for women’s empowerment around the world.
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MRS. CAROLINE GAYE, COUNTRY MANAGER FRANCE, AMERICAN EXPRESS

Caroline Gaye was appointed Country Manager, France of American Express in 2015. She sits on American Express France’s board of directors, and leads American Express France’s management committee.
Read more

SUZANNE BIEGEL FOUNDER OF CATALYST AT LARGE & CO-PRODUCER, GENDER-SMART INVESTING SUMMIT

Suzanne is a globally recognised expert on gender smart investing. She leverages deep networks in finance, philanthropy, development, and entrepreneurship to connect public and private investors to the people and information they need to move their capital in a gender-smart way.
Read more

FROM STRUGGLES AND DREAMS TO UNHAMPERED OPPORTUNITIES

By Wendy Teleki
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GENDER BALANCE IS WHAT NATURE INTENDED. GENDER EQUALITY IS A BUSINESS IMPERATIVE.

By Balaka Niyazee, CEO, P&G Korea and Executive Sponsor for Gender Equality, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa
Read more

FEMININE LEADERSHIP: THE GENDER PARADOX AND THE FUTURE OF INNOVATION

By Carolina Barreto; HEC Paris
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A COMMUNICATIONS GUIDE

As a third and essential part of its Toolkit for Inclusive sourcing, the Women’s Forum has launched a Communication Guide to communicate about the why, what and how to achieve supplier diversity and implement a gender-inclusive sourcing programme.
Read more

MEET THE BRIGHTEST IDEAS FOR ACCELERATING THE GREEN TRANSITION: THE FINALISTS OF THE 2021 WomenEntrepreneurs4Good

The Women’s Forum, Procter & Gamble, and HEC Paris announces the 9 most promising green projects for the first edition of the WomenEntrepreneurs4Good initiative.
Read more

WOMEN4BUSINESS REPORT 2020

Discover the new Women4Business Daring Circle report now.
Read more

FORGING THE FUTURE WITH WE4G

The Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society, in partnership with P&G and the HEC Paris Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center has decided to launch WomenEntrepreneurs4Good, an initiative designed to inspire and foster female creativity and entrepreneurial potential for good in Europe.
Read more

LEGAL GUIDE FOR POSITIVE ACTION

The Women4Business legal guide aims to equip procurement teams with the necessary information to design affirmative action policies for supplier diversity and gender-responsive sourcing.
Read more

INCLUSIVE SOURCING JOURNEY

The Inclusive Sourcing Journey is a new digital tool which will assess the maturity, reach and impact of the supplier diversity and inclusive sourcing practices of participating organisations.
Read more

LEADING THROUGH ADVERSITIES : IT IS OK NOT TO BE OK!

“We have proven that women can handle one of the worst pandemics in the whole world successfully, so I think that after this is over, we deserve to have important positions and corporate leadership”- Gina Barroso, President and CEO, GRUPO DIARQ shares with other leaders and entrepreneurs her insights on handling the Covid-19 crisis and moving forward
Read more

WOMEN4BUSINESS TOOLKIT FOR ACTION

The Women4Business Daring Circle is currently building a Toolkit for Action, which will be a new and unique package of digital materials giving organisations all the tools they need to make their supply chains diverse and gender inclusive.
Read more

LEADING THROUGH ADVERSITIES: WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS AND COVID-19 #WOMEN4BUSINESS

Read more

LEADING THROUGH ADVERSITIES: MY COURAGE IS MY CAPITAL!

Chetna Sinha Founder Chairperson of Mann Deshi Bank and Mann Deshi Foundation shares with other leaders and entrepreneurs her inspiration to cope with the Covid-19 crisis and to move forward.

Read more

LEADING THROUGH ADVERSITIES: NAVIGATING THE PANDEMIC WITH AI

Including women’s perspectives means there is less bias and more diversity in the discussion and its results. That continues to be important; in war, in peace and in pandemics.
Read more

LEADING THROUGH ADVERSITIES: LOOKING FOR “FIRST-MOVER” ADVANTAGE TO SURVIVE THE PANDEMIC!

How are women being impacted by COVID-19, and how are they leading to address the challenges faced by others? To learn, The Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society is conducting a series of interviews with women entrepreneurs and ambassadors for women’s empowerment around the world.
Read more

LEADING THROUGH ADVERSITIES: WOMEN SHAPES THE TRANSFORMATION OF THE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY

The Women’s Forum met with Harjit Gill, Chief Executive Officer of the Asia Pacific Medical Technology Association. APACMed is the only regional association to provide a unified voice for the medical technology industry in Asia Pacific. Harjit was previously the EVP and CEO of Philips ASEAN & Pacific, and held a variety of international roles with Philips over two decades.
Read more

LEADING THROUGH ADVERSITIES: WOMEN WILL CHANGE THE FUTURE OF INDIA

Women will change the future of India, and the silver lining of this crisis might be the recognition of that.” Listen to Anita Dongre, creator of The House of Dongre and trailblazer at the forefront of Indian fashion on how she adapts to the crisis and looks forward to building her business to be sustainable, human-centered and environmental conscious.
Read more

LEADING THROUGH ADVERSITIES: REWARD WOMEN WORKING ON THE FRONTLINES

How are women being impacted by COVID-19, and how are they leading to address the challenges faced by others? To learn, The Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society is conducting a series of interviews with women entrepreneurs and ambassadors for women’s empowerment around the world.
Read more

MRS. CAROLINE GAYE, COUNTRY MANAGER FRANCE, AMERICAN EXPRESS

Caroline Gaye was appointed Country Manager, France of American Express in 2015. She sits on American Express France’s board of directors, and leads American Express France’s management committee.
Read more

SUZANNE BIEGEL FOUNDER OF CATALYST AT LARGE & CO-PRODUCER, GENDER-SMART INVESTING SUMMIT

Suzanne is a globally recognised expert on gender smart investing. She leverages deep networks in finance, philanthropy, development, and entrepreneurship to connect public and private investors to the people and information they need to move their capital in a gender-smart way.
Read more

FROM STRUGGLES AND DREAMS TO UNHAMPERED OPPORTUNITIES

By Wendy Teleki
Read more

GENDER BALANCE IS WHAT NATURE INTENDED. GENDER EQUALITY IS A BUSINESS IMPERATIVE.

By Balaka Niyazee, CEO, P&G Korea and Executive Sponsor for Gender Equality, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa
Read more

FEMININE LEADERSHIP: THE GENDER PARADOX AND THE FUTURE OF INNOVATION

By Carolina Barreto; HEC Paris
Read more

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A COMMUNICATIONS GUIDE

As a third and essential part of its Toolkit for Inclusive sourcing, the Women’s Forum has launched a Communication Guide to communicate about the why, what and how to achieve supplier diversity and implement a gender-inclusive sourcing programme.
Read more

MEET THE BRIGHTEST IDEAS FOR ACCELERATING THE GREEN TRANSITION: THE FINALISTS OF THE 2021 WomenEntrepreneurs4Good

The Women’s Forum, Procter & Gamble, and HEC Paris announces the 9 most promising green projects for the first edition of the WomenEntrepreneurs4Good initiative.
Read more

WOMEN4BUSINESS REPORT 2020

Discover the new Women4Business Daring Circle report now.
Read more

FORGING THE FUTURE WITH WE4G

The Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society, in partnership with P&G and the HEC Paris Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center has decided to launch WomenEntrepreneurs4Good, an initiative designed to inspire and foster female creativity and entrepreneurial potential for good in Europe.
Read more

LEGAL GUIDE FOR POSITIVE ACTION

The Women4Business legal guide aims to equip procurement teams with the necessary information to design affirmative action policies for supplier diversity and gender-responsive sourcing.
Read more

INCLUSIVE SOURCING JOURNEY

The Inclusive Sourcing Journey is a new digital tool which will assess the maturity, reach and impact of the supplier diversity and inclusive sourcing practices of participating organisations.
Read more

LEADING THROUGH ADVERSITIES : IT IS OK NOT TO BE OK!

“We have proven that women can handle one of the worst pandemics in the whole world successfully, so I think that after this is over, we deserve to have important positions and corporate leadership”- Gina Barroso, President and CEO, GRUPO DIARQ shares with other leaders and entrepreneurs her insights on handling the Covid-19 crisis and moving forward
Read more

WOMEN4BUSINESS TOOLKIT FOR ACTION

The Women4Business Daring Circle is currently building a Toolkit for Action, which will be a new and unique package of digital materials giving organisations all the tools they need to make their supply chains diverse and gender inclusive.
Read more

LEADING THROUGH ADVERSITIES: WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS AND COVID-19 #WOMEN4BUSINESS

Read more

LEADING THROUGH ADVERSITIES: MY COURAGE IS MY CAPITAL!

Chetna Sinha Founder Chairperson of Mann Deshi Bank and Mann Deshi Foundation shares with other leaders and entrepreneurs her inspiration to cope with the Covid-19 crisis and to move forward.

Read more

LEADING THROUGH ADVERSITIES: NAVIGATING THE PANDEMIC WITH AI

Including women’s perspectives means there is less bias and more diversity in the discussion and its results. That continues to be important; in war, in peace and in pandemics.
Read more

LEADING THROUGH ADVERSITIES: LOOKING FOR “FIRST-MOVER” ADVANTAGE TO SURVIVE THE PANDEMIC!

How are women being impacted by COVID-19, and how are they leading to address the challenges faced by others? To learn, The Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society is conducting a series of interviews with women entrepreneurs and ambassadors for women’s empowerment around the world.
Read more

LEADING THROUGH ADVERSITIES: WOMEN SHAPES THE TRANSFORMATION OF THE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY

The Women’s Forum met with Harjit Gill, Chief Executive Officer of the Asia Pacific Medical Technology Association. APACMed is the only regional association to provide a unified voice for the medical technology industry in Asia Pacific. Harjit was previously the EVP and CEO of Philips ASEAN & Pacific, and held a variety of international roles with Philips over two decades.
Read more

LEADING THROUGH ADVERSITIES: WOMEN WILL CHANGE THE FUTURE OF INDIA

Women will change the future of India, and the silver lining of this crisis might be the recognition of that.” Listen to Anita Dongre, creator of The House of Dongre and trailblazer at the forefront of Indian fashion on how she adapts to the crisis and looks forward to building her business to be sustainable, human-centered and environmental conscious.
Read more

LEADING THROUGH ADVERSITIES: REWARD WOMEN WORKING ON THE FRONTLINES

How are women being impacted by COVID-19, and how are they leading to address the challenges faced by others? To learn, The Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society is conducting a series of interviews with women entrepreneurs and ambassadors for women’s empowerment around the world.
Read more

MRS. CAROLINE GAYE, COUNTRY MANAGER FRANCE, AMERICAN EXPRESS

Caroline Gaye was appointed Country Manager, France of American Express in 2015. She sits on American Express France’s board of directors, and leads American Express France’s management committee.
Read more

SUZANNE BIEGEL FOUNDER OF CATALYST AT LARGE & CO-PRODUCER, GENDER-SMART INVESTING SUMMIT

Suzanne is a globally recognised expert on gender smart investing. She leverages deep networks in finance, philanthropy, development, and entrepreneurship to connect public and private investors to the people and information they need to move their capital in a gender-smart way.
Read more

FROM STRUGGLES AND DREAMS TO UNHAMPERED OPPORTUNITIES

By Wendy Teleki
Read more

GENDER BALANCE IS WHAT NATURE INTENDED. GENDER EQUALITY IS A BUSINESS IMPERATIVE.

By Balaka Niyazee, CEO, P&G Korea and Executive Sponsor for Gender Equality, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa
Read more

FEMININE LEADERSHIP: THE GENDER PARADOX AND THE FUTURE OF INNOVATION

By Carolina Barreto; HEC Paris
Read more

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