Our Partners: WEConnect International

We are thrilled to partner with WEConnect International to provide business growth and market access opportunities for women-owned businesses in Canada.

WEConnect International is a global, corporate-led non-profit committed to supplier diversity and to expanding market opportunities for women-owned businesses in over 100 countries. WEConnect International identifies, educates, registers, and certifies women’s business enterprises based globally that are at least 51 % owned, managed, and controlled by one or more women, and then connects them with qualified member buyers.

Every year, women-owned businesses earn less than 1% of the money spent on vendors by large corporations and governments. WEConnect International was created to move the needle above 1% by working with forward-thinking multinational corporations, representing over $1 trillion USD in annual purchasing power, to generate market access opportunity for women business owners around the globe. By partnering with over 80 corporate members, primarily Fortune 500 companies, and other multilateral organizations that have strong, stated commitments to supplier diversity globally, WEConnect International is actively closing that gender gap.

Established in 2009, WEConnect International connects member buyers with women-owned businesses ready to scale and compete in global value chains. It also supports corporate members with developing and growing their global inclusive sourcing efforts, builds the capacity of women-owned businesses to effectively compete, links women-owned businesses to one another for international opportunities, and upholds the globally recognized standard and international certification to verify a business is truly women-owned.

Furthermore, WEConnect International hosts the world’s largest searchable online database of women-owned businesses and qualified buyers. With over 6,000 businesses already in the eNetwork, the digital platform connects women suppliers with WEConnect’s corporate members based on needs, collects valuable data, and provides easy access to online training through the WEConnect Academy.

We also host virtual and in-person meet-the-buyer events for certified women’s business enterprises and an annual conference that includes face-to-face business matchmaking sessions.

To learn more about WEConnect International and see what certification can offer visit www.weconnectinternational.org.