As a lead up to this year’s International Women's Day, join us to discover the advances the WBG has made in narrowing gender disparities in our vendor base. Learn about WBG’s achievement in surpassing the goal of doubling corporate procurement spend with women-owned businesses and help us shape future efforts aligned with the 2030 Gender Strategy.
During this event, the World Bank will discuss the important role of procurement in promoting gender equality and economic empowerment for women. The forum will serve as a platform to discuss procurement's impact on gender equality, share the WBG's achievements in surpassing its target of doubling corporate procurement from women-owned businesses, and set forth the 2030 goals for the supplier diversity & inclusion program. Participants will hear from experts strategies for strengthening private sector partnerships and fostering collective action with international peers to enhance the participation of women-owned and diverse suppliers in procurement processes.
9:30 - 10:00 AM
10:00 - 10:10 AM
10:10 - 10:20 AM
|Transformation through Supplier Diversity & Inclusion: The case of South Africa
10:20 - 10:50 AM
Empowering Change: Procurement as a Catalyst for Development, Gender Equality, and Women's Economic Opportunities
This session will discuss the critical role of procurement in addressing gender inequalities and supporting economic growth and development of women-owned businesses. Speakers will explore the business case for supplier diversity & inclusion, exchange the importance for the WBG to “walk the talk” through its procurement practices and address how promoting inclusive sourcing across the WBG supply chain aligns to the new WBG Gender Strategy.
Moderator: Monica Oldham, Manager, WBG Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Office
10:50 - 11:15 AM
From Vision to Impact: Reflecting on 5 Years of Supplier Diversity & Inclusion at the WBG and Charting the Path Ahead
This session will share results and lessons learned from the supplier diversity & inclusion initiatives at the WBG over the past five years and showcase the collective efforts of staff across the WBG who contributed to surpassing the 2023 goal by more than doubling corporate procurement with women-owned businesses. Corporate Procurement will also highlight new implementation practices to achieve the objectives and goals of the program for 2030.
Guest: Jorge Dajani Gonzalez, Director, Global Corporate Solutions
Guest: Elizabeth Kibirige Namugenyi, Director, Budget & Business Administration, IFC
11:15 - 11:25 AM
Celebrating Excellence: Global Champion Award Ceremony for Supplier Diversity & Inclusion
The WBG will be recognized and presented the award as a Platinum Top Global Champion on supplier diversity & inclusion by WEConnect International.
|11:25 - 11:30 AM
Working sessions with invited WBG vendors and peers at International Organizations will be held in the afternoon.