Social procurement involves organisations and individuals choosing to purchase based on the social outcome when they buy a good or service. Social procurement allows for greater support and development of social enterprise as it recognises and places value on the benefits that social enterprise provides, in so doing it increases the amount of work available to social enterprises. For example, organisations such as Boystown and Mission Australia are delivering real local benefits for communities across the State, while enterprises such as Newleaf Community Renewal are providing significant and sustainable employment outcomes.
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One of the specific aims of the Guide is to encourage public sector organisations to increase their expenditure with social benefit suppliers who provide jobs and training across the state.
This Guide has been developed to assist Government organisations to focus their procurement practices to deliver additional social value to the communities of NSW and builds on initiatives already undertaken by the public sector to enhance sustainable and strategic procurement practice.
Produced by Chris Newman, PMMS Consulting and Ingrid Burkett, Knode Pty Ltd on behalf of the NSW Social Procurement Action Group (SPAG). SPAG is an enthusiastic collaboration of representatives from a range of Local, State and Federal Government organisations. Social Enterprises Sydney is proud to adopt this guide on behalf of SPAG and will work to promote its benefit to guide and grow social procurement practice in NSW.
The definition of a social enterprise used by Social Enterprises Sydney is "Social Enterprises are businesses that trade for a social, environmental or cultural purpose. They generate a substantial portion of their income through trading and reinvest the majority of their profit / surplus (non-distributing) back into their social enterprise.
Social Enterprises Sydney are aligning with Social Traders (VIC) to develop SE Finder to better capture Sydney and New South Wales based Social Enterprises to fulfil procurement. To access the finder visit - www.SEfinder.com.au
If the SE Finder does not list an enterprise suitable for your needs, please contact us at email@example.com or on 1300 788 992 for recommendations.