Global supply chain resilience & the impact on women business owners

Global value chains (GVCs) are a crucial component of international trade, with more than two-thirds of global trade passing through them. Driven by disruptions such as COVID-19 and the resulting worldwide economic slowdown, GVCs – and broader supply chains – are facing pressures for rapid transformation.

Women play a critical role in international trade. There around 224 million female entrepreneurs in the word and women-owned businesses account for around 40% of the world’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

In Canada for example, 35% of SMEs are owned outright by women or in equal partnership with men.  In the United States women-owned businesses account for 39% of all privately held firms, who in turn contributed USD 1.7 trillion to the US economy in 2017 and 8% to national employment.

The Australian Government recently funded a survey into global supply chains to better understand the needs of SMEs after the COVID-19 pandemic.  Join us for the launch of this brand new report and to explore the business results from women business owners, and how these results compare to the general business results.


Moderator: Mr Alexander Malaket, Director, GTPAlliance USA Inc

Dr Robert Handfield, Executive Director of Supply Chain Resource Cooperative and Bank of America University Distinguished Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management

Ms Lisa McAuley, CEO, Global Trade Professionals Alliance

Global supply chain resilience & the impact on women business owners