In 2016, we launched our Women in Sourcing Initiative to encourage the industry to embrace social inclusion and remind everyone that gender equality is everyone’s issue

This year, we continue to actively push this initiative to the sourcing industry as we aim to reach our target of filling 30% of senior positions in the sourcing industry with women.

We at the GSA are committed to transforming our industry for the benefit of our members. By joining the Women in Sourcing Initiative, you will be helping us in this commitment by improving the industry’s record on female participation and social inclusion. 

Companies already participating in this initiative include KPMG, BBC, BP, MoJ, IBM, Schroders, Bank of Ireland, Colliers international, Centrica, Ricoh, npower, Zurich, Capgemini, UCAS, Capita and many more…

Women in Sourcing – Mentoring PROGRAMME

We are calling on sourcing professionals to help shape the future of the sourcing industry.

We need dedicated and generouous sourcing professionals to donate some of their time to be a mentor and boost the careers of women looking to excel in sourcing. If you wish to be a mentor, male or female, the industry needs you!

The Mentoring Programme has been developed to support our aim to of filling 30% of senior positions in the sourcing industry with women by 2020.  

The programme incoorporates:

  • The development of a Directory of Mentors
  • A matchmaking programme – matching Mentors and Mentees around the world
  • Free masterclasses on how to mentor, delivered by GSA’s Professional Development division
  • An online sharing forum – to share experiences, successes, ideas, etc.
  • A series of inspirational female speakers keynoting across GSA’s calendar of events
  • With nine women fulfilling key roles in the GSA's Member Council, we are delighted to announce Emma Mansfield (Head of Outsourced Services Assurance, Bank of Ireland UK) and Joanne Webber (Outsourcing Commercial Manager, npower) as our Women in Sourcing Leads to help drive this programme.

    Register your interest HERE. Become a mentor or a mentee today!

    The Mentoring Programme is an initiative within our Social Inclusion Charter, which underpins the Global Sourcing Standard. The GSA and its members are committed to Social Inclusion and want to see more done within the industry to support the development of women working in any aspect of the sourcing industry.

    The Women in Sourcing Initiative, which is part of the GSA's Social Inclusion programme, kicked off last autumn with Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith as Keynote speaker. Please follow the links to see the video highlights below. 


    Women in Outsourcing: The Importance of Targets in the Industry

    Speakers at the NOA Symposium in 2015 addressing the lack of women in the Sourcing industry and the targets we have set to tackle this issue. They touch on the necessity of creating an open discussion, publishing figures and making determined efforts to address the imbalance on all levels of business.

    Ruby McGregor-Smith

    Ruby McGregor Smith gives a talk on Women in Outsourcing at the NOA Symposium 2015.

    Women in Outsourcing

    Joanna Page, Ruby McGregor Smith, Georgia Kon & GSA’s CEO Kerry Hallard talks about the nurturing of talent, diversity and equality in the Sourcing industry. Chris Halward also talks about the optimization of service when Outsourcing is done right.

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