Why not bring social enterprises into your supply chain?

It's not just individuals who can buy from social enterprises, more and more businesses and organisations are bringing social enterprise into their supply chains.

From stationary and corporate gifts to office supplies and designers, there are lots of social enterprises out there that you can buy from. So why not make your budgets go that bit further and procure for good? 

Check out the page on our Social Enterprise Marketplace for some inspiration as to how you can 'buy social'. 

We also put together this supply chain guide on how you can grow the social impact of your business through buying goods and services from social enterprises. 

How can my organisation get involved? 

Both in the run up to the day and on the day itself, why not encourage your employees to buy social? 

Ask staff to tweet pictures of their social enterprise purchases using the hashtag #SocialSaturday2017.

If your organisation already buys from social enterprises, make sure your fellow employees know. You might even want to invite a social enterprise supplier in to talk to your team or put on a Social Saturday themed event for staff. 

The Buy Social Corporate Challenge 

Led by Social Enterprise UK in partnership with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Business in the Community, a number of forward-thinking corporates are opening up their supply chains to the UK’s 70,000 social enterprises. The ambition is to collectively spend £1 billion with social enterprises by 2020. 

Current partners are Amey, Interserve, Johnson & Johnson, PwC, Robertson Group, Santander, Wates, and Zurich. But we are seeking more businesses, from a diverse range of industries, to take part. 

Partners are supported to buy and source from social enterprises - this includes:

  • A review of your supply chain and benchmarking existing social enterprise spend
  • Training for procurement teams
  • Brokerage support
  • Advice and support on how to measuring the impact of your spend with social enterprises, and how to use this in sustainability reporting/bid writing

To explore whether the Corporate Challenge might be of interest to your business, contact Charlie Wigglesworth at Social Enterprise UK. Email charlie.wigglesworth@socialenterprise.org.uk.  

Find out more about the Challenge here.

Beyond Social Saturday

Social Saturday is part of Social Enterprise UK’s Buy Social Campaign which aims to build markets for social enterprises – challenging all of us to think about the social impact our purchasing decisions.

Johnson & Johnson Social Enterprise Fair in High Wycombe