New Swiss Fund for Women-Led Tech Startups

Switzerland-based venture capital fund Privilege Ventures has just launched its fourth fund. The Equity Fonds Privilège provides 20 million Swiss Francs (ca 21 Mio USD) to support tech startups in the digital economy, deeptech and medtech sectors. The focus is on startups that are co-founded and managed by women. The investment thesis is based onContinue reading “New Swiss Fund for Women-Led Tech Startups”

The 15% Pledge & More Great Actions for Inclusive Sourcing

Do you know about the 15% pledge? The Fifteen Percent Pledge is a call to action for major retailers and corporations in the US to create sustainable and supportive ecosystems for Black-owned businesses to succeed. Black people make up 15% of the US population. The 15% pledge asked businesses to dedicate 15% of their shelfContinue reading “The 15% Pledge & More Great Actions for Inclusive Sourcing”

Speaker at the Women’s Forum in Paris

Delighted and honored to announce that I will be a speaker at the Women’s Forum Global Meeting on the session ”Inclusive Supply Chains – an Untapped Potential for Positive Impact?“. In this Daring Circle Women4Business Discovery Session, we will be talking about how increasingly more companies are acknowledging that sourcing from diverse suppliers is notContinue reading “Speaker at the Women’s Forum in Paris”

Diversifying Your Supply Chain Is Not Just An Option For ESG Management – It’s Part Of It

Procurement is playing a more strategic role in achieving environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals, facilitating transparency and communication between buyers and suppliers and enabling agility during disruptive times. Given that 60-90% of a company’s ESG footprint lies with its suppliers and nearly 90% of greenhouse-gas emissions come from a company’s supply chain, it’s simple:Continue reading “Diversifying Your Supply Chain Is Not Just An Option For ESG Management – It’s Part Of It”

2 Great Examples Of Empowering Diverse-Owned Businesses

Amazon & UPS recently announced plans to invest millions to support local minority-owned businesses with access to capital, resources and training. Amazon.com Inc. will invest $150 million in venture capital firms, accelerators, incubators and venture studios that provide funding to entrepreneurs from underrepresented backgrounds. The investment will be made as part of an initiative calledContinue reading “2 Great Examples Of Empowering Diverse-Owned Businesses”

Minority Businesses Matter Europe Report

The Minority Businesses Matter Europe Report, the most comprehensive study ever done on the effects of minority-owned companies in Europe, was published a couple of weeks ago. Minority-owned businesses, of which there at least 800,000, are making a significant contribution to the innovation economy in both the U.K. and the European mainland. These businesses contributeContinue reading “Minority Businesses Matter Europe Report”

Inclusion Week @University of St. Gallen – Replays

The replays of the 6th University of St. Gallen Inclusion Week online & hybrid sessions from September 12-16, 2022, are now available. In case you missed it; I hosted an online session about Supplier Diversity & Inclusion, which was also recorded. You can find the replay here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9E5InACYt8k There are some more very interesting sessionsContinue reading “Inclusion Week @University of St. Gallen – Replays”

World Economic Forum; ”How to move towards more inclusive procurement in Europe”

Many thanks Victoria Mallinckrodt for including me in this important article on the World Economic Forum page; How to move towards more inclusive procurement in Europe. Highlights include an overview of the benefits of a more diverse supply chain and how to overcome the challenges Europe faces when it comes to supplier diversity and inclusion.Continue reading “World Economic Forum; ”How to move towards more inclusive procurement in Europe””

Supplier Diversity Initiative at JFK

I have not seen anything like this in Europe YET(?)! What a great initiative by The Port Authority of New York / New Jersey posted at JFK. They are encouraging MWBE’s (Minority and/or Women-owned Business Enterprises) to become certified vendors with the Port Authority of New York / New Jersey. Port Authority of New YorkContinue reading “Supplier Diversity Initiative at JFK”

Inclusive Sourcing vs ESG ?

There is absolutely no reason for an EITHER OR … on the contrary, an inclusive sourcing program supports and complements a company’s ESG efforts in its supply chain. Many companies think of ESG solely in terms of sustainability. In fact, environmental, social and governance commitments are much more than sustainability. The same is true forContinue reading “Inclusive Sourcing vs ESG ?”