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Women Exporters

Women Exporters

Creating Opportunity Through Trade

Women Exporters

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.

UPS extended this commitment by announcing a collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to further improve women entrepreneurs’ ability to export. The UPS-USAID efforts are part of the White House’s Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative and will support women through training and workforce development, entrepreneurial assistance, and addressing of regulatory barriers that disproportionately hinder women exporters. UPS and USAID will launch this program in Vietnam and the Philippines in 2019.

1,000 Small and Medium Business Owners Learned From UPS About the Opportunities of International Trade

The UPS Foundation has also helped raise awareness about issues facing women entrepreneurs, many of whom leverage e-commerce to reach global markets. Working with the Global Innovation Forum, UPS released “New Faces of Trade: ASEAN Women in E-Commerce featuring the success of women-owned businesses in Southeast Asia and drawing attention to the policy and regulatory obstacles they face.

The UPS Foundation’s efforts build upon UPS’s long-standing work in the Asia-Pacific region. The region is made up of a number of emerging economies and is expected to benefit from the conclusion of several major free-trade agreements in 2018. Since 2013, we have trained more than 3,000 SMB owners in Southeast Asia, Hong Kong, and Australia, as well as in countries across Latin America on the opportunities of international trade and the power of e-commerce.

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