International - What we are reading: Research and other relevant materials

William Davidson Institute (WDI)
The report examines the lessons learned from Walmart’s engagement of small producers in developing countries in two arenas. The first includes a series of efforts over the past ten years to incorporate smallholder farmers into Walmart’s agricultural supply chain. The second effort, Empowering Women Together, endeavored to sell handicrafts made by women-empowering cooperatives through Walmart.com.

  1. Full Report
  2. Executive Summary
  3. Sourcing Readiness Checklist
  4. Case Study

Oxford Empowering Women Together (EWT)
These case studies were developed as part of a research initiative undertaken by the University of Oxford to develop measurements for evaluating the impact of Walmart’s Empowering Women Together (EWT) program. EWT focuses on bringing small businesses that are owned or led by women into the Walmart supplier base, thus opening a large market to them.

  1. EWT Case Study Katchy Kollections
  2. EWT Case Study Women’s Bean
  3. EWT Case Study MWEDO
  4. EWT Maasai Women Teaching Case
  5. Advisory Note on Measures

Building a Collective Action Agenda for Empowering Women’s Entrepreneurship
This working paper shares key findings and recommendations from CSIS’ initial background research and interviews on enabling an ecosystem approach to women’s entrepreneurship in developing countries.

Building a Collective Action Agenda for Empowering Women in Factories
This working paper shares key findings and recommendations from Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) initial background research and interviews on enabling an ecosystem approach to women’s entrepreneurship in developing countries.

WeConnect International
The Business Case for Global Supplier Diversity and Inclusion from WeConnect International highlights many of the good practices corporations are implementing to achieve successful outcomes, what metrics are available to assess impact, and what sustainable business benefits corporations are deriving from their access to the world’s best solutions. Read the Report

Stanford Social Innovation Review
The Stanford Social Innovation Review article “The Next Sustainability Frontier: Gender Equity as a Business Imperative ” covers the potential social and business impacts of addressing gender strategies in corporate sustainability programs, what organizations are doing around tracking and quantifying material impacts, and what corporations can do to expand their gender policies.

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