New Corporations Join Growing WEConnect International Community

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AIG, Access Bank and Merck become Global Members of WEConnect International and Costa Rica’s Banco Nacional joins as local member.

WEConnect International is pleased to announce that AIG, Access Bank, and Merck are joining as global members of WEConnect International.

Merck expanded its local membership in Canada and Europe, and Banco Nacional joined WEConnect International in Costa Rica.

The moves underscore the commitment of these organizations to integrate diversity and inclusion into their sourcing and procurement processes.

“In a global marketplace, we know that diversity – of people, ideas, and skills – is essential for us to continue building our competitive advantage,” Robert Benmosche, AIG President and CEO, said in a statement published on the company’s website.

“At Merck, we are committed to inclusion,” noted Quentin Roach, Chief Procurement Officer and Senior Vice President Global Procurement. “This fosters a solid and inclusive supply-base that is reliable, innovative and cost-effective,” he added.

State owned Banco Nacional of Costa Rica is the largest bank in Central America. It employs a workforce of almost 5,000 and has a network of over 170 branches.

WEConnect International ( is a corporate driven global 501(c)(3) non-profit that facilitates sustainable economic growth by increasing opportunities for women-owned businesses to succeed in global value chains. WEConnect International identifies, educates, registers, and certifies women's business enterprises based outside of the U.S. that are at least 51% owned, managed, and controlled by one or more women, and then connects them with multinational corporate buyers. WEConnect International also helps multinational corporations meet their local content sourcing goals, which is increasingly important to national policy makers who want to see trade work for SMEs as an engine for growth and job creation.

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