New partnership opens doors for women-owned businesses in Canada
TORONTO – June 10, 2020 – For entrepreneurs in Canada, one of the challenges of growing business throughout North America is connecting with supply chain leaders in the corporate and government sectors. To help open those doors in the corporate sectors and support supply chain diversity, CHEP Canada recently joined WBE Canada, the non-profit organization that certifies Canadian Women Business Enterprises.
The corporate membership furthers CHEP’s global commitment to creating both a circular and diverse supply chain. CHEP has built an extensive logistics network with the largest supply of pooled (shared and reusable) pallets and containers in the world. CHEP actively seeks to bring diverse suppliers on board as part of its ongoing mission to help customers build smarter, more sustainable supply chains.
“CHEP is committed to providing opportunities and promoting diversity throughout the supply chain,” said Paola Floris, vice president and country general manager, CHEP Canada. “As a corporate member of WBE Canada, we look forward to working with even more suppliers who truly reflect our employees, and customers.”
The new partnership builds on several years of CHEP support, according to Silvia Pencak, president of WBE Canada. Pencak says, “this new partnership takes the engagement to the next level.”
“CHEP’s commitment to creating opportunities in their supply chain for Canada’s women-owned businesses is going to be a game changer for our community,” said Pencak.
CHEP helps move more goods to more people, in more places than any other organization on earth. Its pallets, crates and containers form the invisible backbone of the global supply chain and the world’s biggest brands trust CHEP to help them transport their goods more efficiently, sustainably and safely. As pioneers of the sharing economy, CHEP created one of the world’s most sustainable logistics businesses through the share and reuse of its platforms under a model known as ‘pooling’. CHEP primarily serves the fast-moving consumer goods (e.g. dry food, grocery, and health and personal care), fresh produce, beverage, retail and general manufacturing industries. CHEP employs approximately 11,000 people and we believe in the power of collective intelligence through diversity, inclusion and teamwork. CHEP owns approximately 330 million pallets, crates and containers through a network of more than 750 service centers, supporting more than 500,000 customer touch-points for global brands such as Procter & Gamble, Sysco, Kellogg’s and Nestlé. CHEP is part of the Brambles Group and operates in approximately 60 countries with its largest operations in North America and Western Europe. For more information on CHEP, visit www.chep.com. For information on the Brambles Group, visit www.brambles.com.
About WBE Canada
Women Business Enterprises Canada Council (WBE Canada) is a Canadian non-profit organization with its goal being to bring corporate and government buyers and Canadian Women Business Enterprises (WBEs) together. WBE Canada certifies majority-owned, managed, and controlled women’s businesses. They provide a range of programs and services to assist WBEs in better accessing business opportunities with major corporations. This includes training and education, through annual conferences, workshops and webinars, and mentoring programs and networking events with like-minded businesswomen and corporate members. WBE Canada also provides its corporate members with forums, tools and techniques to broaden and strengthen their goals.