The Swedish Institute for Standards (SIS) and the International Trade Centre (ITC) invite all interested stakeholders to join the development of an ISO International Workshop Agreement (IWA) on 1‐3 April 2020 in Stockholm, Sweden.
The purpose of this IWA is to provide a definition of a woman‐owned business and guidance to businesses, statistical agencies, governments and international initiatives on how the definition can be used.
By developing a commonly agreed upon definition of a woman‐owned business, the IWA proposal aims to:
- Lower entry barriers for women business owners to public and private procurement opportunities
- Increase their access to capacity‐building programmes and incentives schemes
- Reduce certification costs for supplier diversity programmes.
In the long term, the development of an IWA on a woman‐owned business may spur a broader discussion and additional efforts towards further standardisation work on gender equality and related topics. Over time, a standard definition will facilitate the collection of internationally comparable data on women’s entrepreneurship and the impact on local and national economies.
Participation in the workshop is free of charge.