UPS announced today that as part of its continuing effort to create an inclusive business environment and growth opportunities for women, UPS will launch the Women Exporters Program workshops for US businesses.
The program will help women business owners and leaders to gain access to the vast global marketplace, comprising 95% of the world’s buyers.
“As a leading global logistics company, we have deep insights into how businesses move across borders and grow.”
Eduardo Martinez, UPS chief diversity and inclusion officer and president of The UPS Foundation
12 million women-owned small businesses in the US
In the US, there are nearly 12 million women-owned small businesses, yet women-owned businesses comprise just 12% of U.S. exporters.
Providing training to enable small- and medium-sized businesses owned by women to export would help propel those companies onto the world stage.
According to a McKinsey Global Institute report, “In a ‘full potential’ scenario in which women play an identical role in (global) labor markets to that of men, as much as $28 trillion, or 26 percent, could be added to global annual GDP by 2025.”
To provide a pathway for cross-border business opportunities, the US launch of the Women Exporters Program will begin at the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) National Conference & Business Fair, one of the largest events of its kind for women business owners in the US.
UPS hosted workshops at WBENC
At WBENC, UPS will host a series of workshops and offer one-to-one coaching sessions, providing:
- Insights and training on export strategies;
- Tools and resources to enter new markets;
- Insights on how to build an export-friendly digital presence; and
- Guidance on package flow and preparing an export shipment.
UPS experts will also provide tips on targeting, research, documentation and shipping processes to help build confidence and competence.
The workshops are the first step in the US, with additional training sessions being planned for the future.
“UPS has been a strong partner and consistent leader in increasing opportunities for women-owned businesses. The UPS Women Exporters Program launching at our National Conference & Business Fair will truly help move the needle for women-owned businesses by expanding opportunities to new markets and providing opportunities for exponential growth.”
Pamela Prince-Eason, President and CEO of WBENC
UPS commitment to diversity
UPS’s commitment to empowering women business owners is part of its broader diversity and inclusion efforts focused on employees, customers, suppliers, and communities.
The company recently announced a collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to promote women’s economic empowerment and improve women entrepreneurs’ ability to export.
UPS’s Supplier Diversity commitment enables women- and minority-owned businesses to gain access into UPS’s global purchasing of products and services.
UPS’s employee programs focused on diversity and inclusion help foster an inclusive environment that enables each person to learn, grow and contribute.