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
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.