Counting Women in - The Contracts: Could the Supplier Diversity & Inclusion Code of Conduct work for UK women owned businesses?

Date & Time: 
Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 17:30
Location: 

The Royal Bank of Scotland, 250 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 4AA

Details: 

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WEConnect International in Europe would like to invite you to an event that we're co-hosting with Women in Public Policy and RBS: "Counting Women in - The Contracts: Could the Supplier Diversity & Inclusion Code of Conduct work for UK women owned businesses?"

The event is taking place on Thursday 12th June, 5.30pm for 6pm start at The Royal Bank of Scotland, Auditorium, 280 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 4RB.

The event will be chaired by Lynne Berry OBE, Deputy Chair Canal & River Trust, and Co-Chair of WiPP and the panellists will include:
• Marcela Navarro, The Royal Bank of Scotland
• Maggie Berry, WEConnect International
• Clare Walsh, Metia
• Joy Nichols MBE, Nichols Employment

According to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, there are 126 million women operating new businesses, and another 98 million at the helm of established ones. Yet there is a significant gap, for example women in the US employ 6% of the country’s workforce but account for barely 4% of business revenues.

The United States has introduced legislation which requires corporations to include women owned businesses and under-represented suppliers from the community in the servicing of Government contracts.

The Royal Bank of Scotland is leading the way in the UK and has drawn up a Supplier Diversity & Inclusion Code of Conduct that WEConnect International has endorsed and which has been adopted by a number of our corporate members.

This evening event will debate whether other UK corporations should also adopt the Supplier Diversity & Inclusion Code of Conduct. We'll be discussing whether the EU or the national Government should go further and legislate to promote the inclusion of diverse and under-represented suppliers. And even if there was such legislation, would it work in Britain? What other actions could Government, corporations and companies take to broaden the supply chain and bring about greater diversity and inclusion? And what do UK “minority” owned businesses want?

Come along to discuss this topic with influential women and men from business and politics.

Copies of the Code of Conduct will be available and more information can be found online here: http://weconnectinternational.org/en/supplier-inclusion-code-of-conduct

Tickets: WiPP members free, non-members & guests, £20.

Register online at: http://www.womeninpublicpolicy.org.uk/events/12-june-2014-supplier-diver...


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