As part of our ongoing commitment to create a more gender-equal world, we are proud to be partnering with WEConnect International, a global network that connects women-owned businesses to qualified buyers around the world, to deliver an eight-module training programme to female business leaders.
Through the partnership, experts from across P&G’s UK business will deliver a series of training modules to over 25 female founders and representatives from majority-owned women’s businesses. Sessions will cover a range of key topics – from understanding your business and customer, through to technology, HR, pitching and procurement and leadership development. By working in partnership with WEConnect International, P&G aims to empower participants to continue to develop and grow their businesses, at a time when economic recovery is more important than ever.
Commenting on the partnership, Seb Britten, Senior Director, IT and Lead Team Sponsor for Gender Equality, said: “We are really excited to be working with WEConnect International as part of our broader Gender Equality mission. The coronavirus pandemic has been challenging for many of us, but we know that women have been disproportionately negatively affected.
“As we look ahead towards recovery, we recognise the vitally important role that businesses of all sizes have to play within our society. For P&G, that means continuing to be a force for good and a force for growth in the countries and communities that we operate in. By bringing together a team of experts from within our own organisation to deliver this training programme, we hope to support this talented group of female business leaders to continue to their journeys to success.”
Elizabeth A. Vazquez, CEO and Founder of WEConnect International, said: “P&G’s commitment to training women business owners is underpinned by its global Gender Equality strategy, and we are excited to bring the expertise from so many senior leaders to not only the women in the UK, but those throughout Asia, Latin America and Africa this year. Our partnership with P&G, since 2017, has helped increase business capabilities and networks for more than 500 women across 11 countries, and we look forward to driving further economic opportunities and impact through such a strong and passionate partnership.”
The partnership forms part of our focus on driving for a more equal world both within and outside of our organisation, through an Equality & Inclusion strategy comprised of five key pillars: Gender Equality, Racial Equality, People with Disabilities (PwD), LGBTQ+ Inclusion and Social Mobility. Within each, we focus on the four areas within which we believe we can have the greatest impact: working with our employees, alongside our partners, leveraging our brands and within our communities.
Equality & Inclusion is one of three focus areas within our overarching Citizenship platform, sitting alongside Community Impact and Environmental Sustainability. All three areas are underpinned by a strong focus on Ethics & Corporate Responsibility, ensuring we continue to do the right thing in the countries and communities that we operate in.