Islamabad—Women entrepreneurs based in Lahore attended a corporate supply chain orientation hosted by Packages Limited in cooperation with the US-Pakistan Women’s Council (USPWC) this month. This was the first of a series of events planned under a USPWC supply chain diversity initiative that aims to help women owned businesses access sustainable markets by linking them with corporate procurement representatives. The next event will be hosted by the Wecreate Pakistan resource center for women entrepreneurs in Islamabad.
Women entrepreneurs attending the event included those who received training at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) through the U.S. Embassy-supported Pakistan Women Entrepreneur Program (PWEP) managed in partnership with American University, as well as women from the World Bank’s Women entrepreneurship training program conducted in partnership with Enclude at Government College University. USPWC member companies PepsiCo and Procter & Gamble joined locally-based companies Bulleshah Paper Mills, Dinnipon Inks and Packages Limited in presenting on how women entrepreneurs may enter corporate supply chains. For example, while women owned businesses in fields such as promotion and advertising already do supply large corporations; women-run businesses of all sizes can provide printing services, janitorial services, canteen and food services, day care services, or innovative corporate gifts and stationery.