Creating Opportunity Through Trade
International trade is a powerful tool for connecting communities and creating economic empowerment. The success of globalization, however, is increasingly dependent on the effects of distribution and how well the benefits reach all segments of society. This means ensuring that small and medium businesses (SMBs), women, and rural communities are able to successfully participate in trade. That’s the motivation behind several UPS initiatives that are helping to empower women entrepreneurs around the world.
Most recently, UPS and The UPS Foundation launched the Women Exporters Program. This is a training and communication program that will foster inclusive and sustainable development of women-owned businesses in an effort to unleash the economic power of women worldwide. The centerpiece of the program is a new partnership with the International Trade Centre (ITC), a global organization dedicated to women’s economic empowerment and a recipient of a 2018 grant from The UPS Foundation. ITC will incorporate UPS content and technologies into its e-learning platform, SheTrades. The program will also connect participants with UPS partners worldwide, including Acción, Opportunity International, Kagider, and Graça Machel Trust, providing access to exporting tools, financing, and networks. Program managers continue to evaluate what topics to include on the SheTrades platform to best prepare women entrepreneurs for the world stage.