• Can anyone share experience with / views on gender-responsive procurement? (targeting women-led businesses to participate in tenders for goods, services and civil works -- as part of a strategy to enhance equality and support women's enterprise).

    If anyone has particular good practice or experience to share, I'd love to feature it in a paper I'm writing for the Asian Development Bank. Thanks

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  • Tania Seary

    04/02/2019 01:04AM

    Michelle Redfern may have some advice for you!

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  • Stephen Rowe

    01/02/2019 02:03AM

    This is a challenging one.

    There is a company setting up, similar to One Nation for Indigenous owned companies, https://www.womenownedlogo.com/about-women-owned/ but I have never engaged them. Whist I support the Gender Agenda, to target women owned businesses is currently difficult and what classifies as Women owned ? If you look at Gina Rineheart , she heads a huge organisation and has controlling interest in many others, would all of those classify as Women owned ?

    The supplier pool here in Australia is not large, restricting an origination's ability to access all of them due to Gender and Indigenous preferences may result in engaging a supplier that does not have the alignment nor capability you are seeking.

    Once an organisation is established, like Supply Nation, who establishes a certification process for Women owned businesses, the goal will be much easier to achieve.

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    Jennifer Mudge Many thanks Stephen, I will check out the womenownedlogo company. Identifcation and classification are challenging and certification can help — another interesting body doing this is WeConnect, and there are several others (I think some decent ones in Canada/the US) who certify as well as help women-led businesses with training etc. My focus at the moment is in less developed countries (especially in Asia/Pacific) where women do start and run businesses, but which unfortunately completely miss out on procurement opportunities (public and corporate) for various reasons. You raise an important point about the key role certifiying bodies can play (and about difficulties defining women-owned business). Thank you so much for your response.

    01/02/2019 06:15AM

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