Procter & Gamble has introduced The Women Entrepreneurs Development Program to provide women business owners with training that will help them in managing their small and medium enterprises. The 2019 roll out will begin in Singapore and is part of P&G’s flagship initiative for their global ‘Supplier Diversity Program’.
The Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) giant, together with WEConnect International will identify, register, educate and certify women-owned businesses, as well as connect the businesses to qualified buyers and companies like P&G worldwide.
Twenty women owned businesses from various industries in Singapore will be part of the 2019 cohort. They will undergo 10 modules of training sessions to be conducted by employees of P&G Asia Pacific.
According to P&G, the women who will be part of the training program will learn business development topics such as business operations, growth strategies, company branding, leadership skills, communications and supplier relationship management.
Stewart Atkinson, P&G Global chief purchasing officer, said that they are “focused on helping remove barriers to economic opportunities for women through sustainable measures and advocacy efforts. We are committed to ensuring women-owned businesses are a growing part of our external partners ecosystem. ”
WEConnect International is P&G’s strategic partner that shares a common vision of providing equal opportunities to women entrepreneurs. Their aim is to help women entrepreneurs “implement successful business solutions that will ensure mutual sustainable economic growth for partners and P&G.”
The program will also roll out in Costa Rica and Brazil in 2019. Since 2016, the P&G – WEConnect program operates in Turkey, Mexico, India, China, South Africa, Nigeria and the U.S.