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Tuesday

12 Mar 2024

Peer Works

Empowering Equality and Diversity in Procurement

9:00am
The Dome
Edinburgh

open-to-all

Discover the ways in which your businesses can champion equality while enhancing your procurement strategy

Come along for a transformative event on inclusivity and diversity in procurement.

We will hear from Matt Dabrowski, CEO and Founder of Out Britain, the UK’s first LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce who connect and support the UK LGBTQ+ business community to grow. Matt is a fierce advocate for LGBTQ+ rights and economic equality, and will speak about why equality, diversity and inclusivity (EDI) is an essential part of business practice and procurement.

On the day we will also hear case studies from Cecilia Righini, Founder of Studio Lutalica and Selina McCole, Managing Director, Global Head of ESG for Operations & Supply Chain and Supplier Diversity at Goldman Sachs.

Throughout the event, attendees will have the opportunity to engage with experts, thought leaders, and fellow professionals to explore how embracing diversity and promoting inclusivity can drive innovation, foster productivity, and ultimately boost business success.

Expect to hear compelling case studies, gain expert advice, and connect with like-minded professionals. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn, network, and strengthen your business’s diversity efforts.

 

Matt Dabrowski – OutBritain CEO and Founder

Originally from Connecticut, USA, where he was Executive Director of the Connecticut LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Matt moved to the UK in 2019. Having seen the increase in focus on ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) reporting as well as the enormous benefits available to LGBTQ+ owned businesses through a more structured approach to diversity in procurement and supplier management, Matt set about researching the potential of introducing the LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce model to the British market.

In 2020 OutScotland was born, with OutBritain following shortly after. Through the introduction of OutBritain and OutScotland, Matt, together with his team, has created a framework for platforming, supporting and advancing LGBTQ+ owned businesses through the introduction of LGBTBE® certification in the UK, a programme which makes it easier for LGBTQ+ owned businesses to stand out and for corporate partners to identify and collaborate with them as part of their commitment to supplier diversity.

 

Agenda

9:00 – 9:30 – Registration and networking breakfast

9:30 – 10:15 – Speakers’ presentations

10:15 – 11:00 – Q&A and group discussions

11:00 – Close