Gender Equality Procurement toolkit

Policy: Creating Gender Equality through Procurement

Femeconomy has partnered with The 30% Club and leading Australian Board Directors to develop a Gender Equality Procurement Policy, to support organisations to implement procurement strategies that create gender equality across their supply chains, and foster ethical supply practices.


The Australian Government report that 34.8% of Australian business owner managers are female. However, women owned businesses attract less than 2% of the global procurement market (United Nations). This gap presents an opportunity to create gender equality through ethical supply chains to enable Australia to achieve economic outcomes for businesses and communities.


Whether your organisation is a sole trader, small business, medium sized business, not-for-profit, government entity, or large corporation, you can choose to include women led businesses in your supply chain.

Every budget owner has the power to take action to be consciously inclusive of women led businesses. Research shows this leads to greater profitability, and better organisational outcomes.

Your action could be as simple as setting a goal that at minimum one women led business is included in every procurement/request for quote.

Creating Gender Equality Through Procurement Policy

To help you on the journey, here is an example Policy for you to consider using in your organisation. The goal of the Gender Equality Procurement Policy is to include women owned and led businesses in the organisation’s procurement and supply chain, in recognition that greater diversity leads to improved organisational outcomes and profitability.

Gender Equality Procurement policy

If you are interested in accessing Femeconomy’s database of women led organisations, please contact us.


The 30% Club and Femeconomy have shared goals of:

  • achieving at least 30% women on ASX 300 Boards
  • to sustainably embed gender equality in board representation across industry; and
  • promoting the benefits of diversity at all levels of business.

A cohort of leading Australian Directors was engaged to elicit thought leadership on gender equality procurement principles through a Roundtable discussion in Sydney during November 2019.

A focus was to identify the enablers and risks to organisations when introducing procurement strategies that create gender equality.

The outcome from the Roundtable was an example Gender Equality Procurement Policy, for organisations of any size, and a Gender Equality Procurement Toolkit. These tools provide organisations with a practical roadmap for implementing Gender Equality Procurement Principles.


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Posted by Jade Collins - Femeconomy Director

Jade Collins has 20 years’ global experience in corporate executive Human Resources and management consulting roles in the Mining, Energy and Aerospace industries, leading large scale, complex multi-million-dollar change management programs. Jade finds the combination of her HR, Psychology and MBA qualifications and her leadership experience is invaluable for increasing gender equality in leadership across industries. Jade was a member of the Queensland Government's Strategic Advisory Group for the Toward Gender Parity: Women on Boards Initiative and the 2019 CQU Alumni of the Year for Social Impact for her work with Femeconomy.