The Buy Social Corporate Challenge, launched at Downing Street in 2016, celebrated its one year anniversary by welcoming two new partners – Robertson and Amey – who joined founding partners Interserve, Johnson and Johnson, PwC, Santander, Wates and Zurich.

As businesses seek to become more socially responsible in how they operate, the money companies spend through their supply chains has become a key area in which they can have a positive impact. From working with a software testing social enterprise providing sustainable employment for people with autism, to sourcing water coolers from a company which donates all its profits to clean water projects, the Challenge is showing the incredible impact businesses can have if they shift their supply chain spend towards social enterprises.
 
Social enterprises are businesses which reinvest the majority of their profits to tackle pressing social or environmental issues. Through purchasing from them businesses are helping address social inequalities and create a more inclusive economy.
 
The Corporate Challenge is an initiative run by Social Enterprise UK, the membership body for social enterprises with the support of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Prince of Wales’ charity Business in the Community. One of its primary aims is to demonstrate that businesses in any sector can buy from social enterprises, going beyond traditional conceptions of CSR to embed them into core business spend. 

Our objective is to generate social value by working collaboratively with our stakeholders to create maximum economic, social and environmental added value. Our procurement process actively considers our impact on local businesses and communities demonstrating and encouraging fair work practices, and responsible sourcing to deliver a legacy beyond our project lifecycle. We actively support and encourage business start-ups, social enterprises and promote the benefits of supply chain diversity.

– Martin Dick, Group Procurement & Supply Chain Director, Robertson

 

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