Governments and corporations are among the largest buyers of goods and services in Canada. Yet procurement processes are not well understood and not often on the radar screens of women entrepreneurs.
This guide defines specific terminology relating to procurement and includes the Demystifying Procurement & Diversifying the Supply Chain webinar series, research on perceptions of supplier diversity, and resources to empower diverse women entrepreneurs seeking and competing for procurement opportunities.
- The process by which a government, corporation or organization buys the products or services it needs from other organizations
- A business that is owned, operated, and controlled at a minimum of 51% by one or more women, Indigenous Peoples, other equity-deserving groups, and persons with disabilities
- A strategic process that aims to provide diverse suppliers with an equal opportunity to do business with major corporations or governments across Canada
- The process of diversifying a company’s supply chain by intentionally doing business with newer, smaller, diverse or innovative suppliers
- A business with a core social, cultural or environmental mission that reinvests the majority of profits into their mission.
- An effort to use existing purchasing to capture social, economic, cultural, environmental and/or workforce planning objectives to achieve overarching institutional, governmental, or individual goals that help shape inclusive, vibrant and healthy communities
“When we talk about rebuilding better, procurement is—without question—one of the largest strategic levers we have” – Wendy Cukier, Founder & Director, Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub
“Every purchase has an economic, environmental and social impact—whether intended or not” – Tori Williamson, Director of Education & Communications, Buy Social Canada
Demystifying Procurement & Diversifying the Supply Chain
Beginning in September 2021, the Demystifying Procurement & Diversifying the Supply Chain webinar series brought together experts, business leaders, government representatives, and women entrepreneurs to share insights to help diverse women entrepreneurs access procurement opportunities and the benefits of diversifying supply chains.
Replays of each discussion are now available on our YouTube Channel.
- What is Supplier Diversity & the Role of Supply Councils
- Learn how supplier diversity programs and supply councils are working to advance support diverse women entrepreneurs through procurement processes
- Building Resilient Communities: Social Enterprises & Procurement
- Discover how social entrepreneurs can get started with procurement, the benefits of certification for social enterprises, and hear from social entrepreneurs themselves.
- ScaleUp: Social Procurement Initiative for Diversity in Contracting
- How ScaleUp, a new social procurement pilot initiative, is striving to make government procurement processes easier, faster and more inclusive.
- Pathways to Procurement for Indigenous Women Entrepreneurs
- Leaders from the Indigenous entrepreneurship ecosystem as well as government and service organizations come together to discuss how Indigenous women entrepreneurs can more easily find and compete for lucrative public contracts.
- Supplier Diversity: From Access to Success
- Government and corporate Canada representatives discuss their supplier diversity programs and share insights for how women entrepreneurs can navigate them, followed by an engaging panel of diverse business-owners who have successfully navigated supplier diversity programs themselves.
Perceptions of Supplier Diversity: Media Analysis and the Experience of Change Agents
In Canada, entrepreneurship by women, racialized people, and Indigenous Peoples is on a steady rise, but these entrepreneurs face unique challenges in successfully competing in the marketplace to enter into public and private sector contracts.
This report outlines a two-part study on perceptions and attitudes toward supplier diversity. First, the report provides a comparative analysis of how topics related to supplier diversity are covered by the mass media and at procurement conferences in the United States and Canada. Second, the report highlights key takeaways from a qualitative analysis of data from 27 in-depth interviews with corporate directors, leaders of non-profit organizations, and legislators from the supplier diversity ecosystem in the U.S. and Canada, with a focus on the role and experience of “change agents” involved in supplier diversity programs.