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Women in Supply Chains: Addressing Gendered Risks for Women and Businesses


Michelle Grogg, Vice President, Corporate Responsibility; Executive Director, The Cargill Foundation
Amber Johnson, Global Vice President, Cocoa, Mars Wrigley
Michelle Nunn, President & CEO, CARE USA
Alicia Vermaele, Executive Director & Director, Global Social Impact, The Starbucks Foundation


With Lead Programming Partner

CARE HORIZ 1c SOLID - Women in Supply Chains: Addressing Gendered Risks for Women and Businesses

“There is a lot of hope and a lot of solutions that we have to learn from one another.”

– Michelle Nunn

“What gives me hope is the amount of collaboration we’re starting to see, oftentimes amongst uncommon collaborators.” 

– Amber Johnson

“When we invest in women, those investments go even further.” 

– Michelle Grogg

“If you invest in a woman you’re not just investing in her but you’re investing in the entire community.” 

– Alicia Vermaele

Key takeaways & next steps:

  • The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the challenges within supply chains, particularly in the agricultural sector where women make up a significant portion of the workforce. 
  • Women workers in supply chains often confront multiple barriers, including poverty, discrimination, violence, and a lack of access to crucial resources such as land, markets, seeds, and training. Addressing these disparities is critical to achieving gender equity. 
  • Climate change compounds existing supply chain challenges, making it imperative to address gender equity within these systems. Women’s empowerment within supply chains can contribute to resilience in the face of climate-related disruptions.
  • Companies are increasingly embedding social and environmental impact agendas within their core business operations, reflecting a growing commitment to these issues.