Commitment to Action

Advancing Women-Owned Businesses in New Markets

Commitment by

WEConnect International, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Accenture LLP, DLA Piper, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, McLarty Associates, Vital Voices Global Partnership, International Center for Research on Women, Ernst & Young, Intel Corporation, Pfizer Inc, Thunderbird School of Global Management, Marriott International, Inc., U.S. Department of State, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc., The Coca-Cola Company, Inter-American Development Bank, The Rockefeller Foundation, ExxonMobil, Johnson Controls, Inc., The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., The Royal Bank of Scotland Group

In 2013, WEConnect International, Vital Voices Global Partnership, Accenture, Boeing, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, Coca-Cola, DLA Piper, Ernst & Young LLP, ExxonMobil, Freeport, Goldman Sachs, IADB, ICRW, Intel, Johnson Controls, Marriott International, McLarty Global Fellows, Pfizer Inc., Royal Bank of Scotland, Rockefeller Foundation, Thunderbird School, U.S. Department of State, and Wal-Mart committed to collaborate across the SME development lifecycle to address critical areas of need, with each partner focusing on the specific interventions that are most likely to yield the best long-term results. The partners intend to create a more efficient, effective channel to identify, develop and scale high-potential women entrepreneurs who can become strong corporate suppliers. The partners committed to track and measure at least $1.5 billion in combined total new money spent by commitment makers on women-owned businesses based outside the U.S. from 2013 to 2018. The partners also committed to implementing supplier readiness initiatives including mentoring and targeting at least 15,000 women-owned businesses based outside the U.S. from 2013 to 2018.

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Commitment

Advancing Women-Owned Businesses in New Markets

Launched

2013

Est. Duration

5 years

Region

Global

Countries

Global

Commitment by

WEConnect International, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Accenture LLP, DLA Piper, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, McLarty Associates, Vital Voices Global Partnership, International Center for Research on Women, Ernst & Young, Intel Corporation, Pfizer Inc, Thunderbird School of Global Management, Marriott International, Inc., U.S. Department of State, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc., The Coca-Cola Company, Inter-American Development Bank, The Rockefeller Foundation, ExxonMobil, Johnson Controls, Inc., The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., The Royal Bank of Scotland Group

Partner(s)

IBM, TechnoServe Inc., The Boeing Company