ST. JOHN’S, Feb. 28, 2012 – The Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs (NLOWE) applauds a recommendation supporting gender diversity in the supply chains of the Hebron Project in a report issued this morning by Miller Ayre, commissioner of the Hebron Public Review Commission.
NLOWE’s presentation to the public review commission in December emphasized the need for a formal supplier diversity program in order to achieve the project’s stated aims of leaving a lasting economic legacy for the province. Key among NLOWE’s recommendations were defined criteria for women-owned businesses, the inclusion of a diversity component within a vendor registration database, setting defined targets and goals for diverse suppliers, and public monitoring and reporting of those targets and the end results. NLOWE also recommended that small-scale contract opportunities be made available to ensure the maximum participation of local businesses.
Ayre’s recommendation for gender diversity, which is one of 18 focused on the project’s Benefits Plan, calls for the Hebron Project partners to include “gender equity provisions in its calls for bids and criteria for evaluation.”
“We’re extremely pleased that Mr. Ayre listened to what we had to say and understood the importance of including supplier diversity in his recommendations,” says Paula Sheppard, NLOWE’s Executive Director. “This report shows that the status quo isn’t enough when it comes to including diverse suppliers in the Hebron Project.
“We need to be innovative and move beyond the traditional methods of doing business,“ Sheppard adds. “NLOWE is committed to working with the Hebron Project partners to achieve its diversity mandate and with women business owners to ensure that they see the full economic benefits of the project.”
NLOWE works with women business owners across the province at all stages of business development and growth. NLOWE also facilitates certification for women-owned businesses for eligible companies in Newfoundland and Labrador on behalf of WEConnect Canada. This certification is an important criterion for companies interested in participating in supplier diversity markets.
NLOWE’s presentation to the Hebron Public Review Commission is available on the commission’s website at www.hebronpublicreview.ca.
NLOWE offers services to women in business thanks to the financial support of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.
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