Building Supplier Diversity Together in Germany

Date & Time: 
Monday, July 8, 2019 - 12:45 to 16:45

Johnson & Johnson Institute Hamburg, Hummelsbütteler Steindamm 71, 22851 Norderstedt, Germany



Presentation slides and resources from the day can be found here:
Introduction to procurement and supplier diversity at Johnson & Johnson
Introduction to supplier diversity at IBM
Introduction to WEConnect International
Introduction to VdU
Johnson & Johnson Senior Female Leadership Presentation by Josi Wey
IBM's top tips for SME suppliers

Johnson & Johnson and IBM, WEConnect International corporate members, would like to invite you to join an event for women-owned businesses in Germany on the afternoon of Monday 8th July 2019. The event is aimed at majority women-owned businesses - those that are minimum 51% owned by one or more women – and would be of most interest to businesses operating in the corporate and B2B sectors. The event is also open to women-owned businesses from other countries who can provide their products and services in the German market.

Johnson & Johnson and IBM both recognise the importance of having a diverse supplier base that reflects their customers, clients and stakeholders around the world. By working with small and diverse suppliers, they appreciate that they can tap into new ideas that add value to their businesses and that provide innovative solutions.

The event will include the opportunity to briefly present your business to a group of corporations who are keen to get to know innovative women-owned businesses who could be potential future suppliers. You’ll also have the chance to meet and connect with representatives from WEConnect International in Europe and VdU, our certification partner in Germany.

The event will be presented in a mix of German and English.

The event is free to attend but there are a limited number of places available and they need to be booked online here:

12.45 Networking lunch for both corporate attendees and women-owned businesses
14.00 Welcome for the women-owned businesses including an introduction to procurement and supplier diversity at Johnson & Johnson; an introduction to supplier diversity at IBM; an introduction to WEConnect International and an introduction to VdU
14.45 Short pitches from the women-owned businesses (in English or German)
15.30 Comfort break
15.45 Johnson & Johnson Senior Female Leadership Presentation by Josi Wey
16.00 Q&A discussion – representatives from J&J, IBM, WEConnect International and VdU
16.40 Wrap up
16:45 Drinks and optional networking until 18.30

If you have any questions at all or would like to find out more, please don’t hesitate to contact Emma Duncan on And please feel free to share this event invite with any other majority owned women’s businesses who you think may be interested in attending this event.

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