Social Procurement Definition
Buying from a social enterprise is one of the easiest and most effective ways of breaking the cycle of disadvantage and strengthening Australian communities.
The power of buying socially means that every time goods and services are bought from a social enterprise, positive social change is also created. Buying Social is something that can be done by consumers and by government and business through responsible social procurement strategies.
When government and business choose to buy from social enterprise we refer to this as social procurement. In essence, you get the product or service that you would have gotten from a commercial supplier, but you also get the added value created through jobs and opportunities for people who may have struggled to find work, reinvigoration of depressed or marginalised communities as well as driving better business outcomes through improved staff engagement and positive brand messaging.
The simple decision to buy from social enterprise can deliver huge benefits to individuals and communities. People who have spent years out of work are often the target beneficiaries for social enterprises. A job for one of these people can be transformational, for that person and for their family. When you consider that tens of thousands of people are benefiting from social enterprises across Australia, we can see that it is a significant agent for social change with enormous potential to scale its impact.
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Social Traders facilitates buying social and social procurement by connecting buyers from corporate, government and individual consumers to certified social enterprises via our market channels, Social Traders’ Connect, Good Spender and through Vendor Panel – a local government procurement portal.
Corporate & Government Social ProcurementTo facilitate corporate and government social procurement in Australia, Social Traders’ Connect links certified social enterprises with corporate and government business opportunities to create greater value to the business and community. Organisational buyers seeking a more effective procurement strategy can access tailored support to identify opportunities, source capable certified social enterprises, measure impact and communicate the outcomes.
Social Enterprise Panel
Local Government ProcurementBy developing purchasing strategies and social procurement frameworks, local government can drive real social change targeting local priorities, including youth unemployment, new arrivals or other pockets of disadvantage by engaging social enterprises to deliver essential goods and services such as facilities maintenance, catering or printing . Social Traders, in partnership with the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV), has opened access for local government to connect with and buy from Australian social enterprises through the existing procurement platform, VendorPanel.
Consumer BuyingSocial Traders, in partnership with Australia Post, have created a social enterprise ecommerce platform Good Spender. Good Spender connects consumers who want to make a difference with social enterprises, offering a broad range of products including clothing, homewares, gourmet food, wine and unique gifts from over 50 social enterprise sellers.