Social procurement

Social procurement is a strategic approach to the delivery of organisational objectives. It is also the greatest untapped tool for social impact, with the potential to lever billions of procurement dollars to deliver social benefit.

All organisations have the potential to deliver social impact through spending, from multi-million dollar tenders for road construction through to ordering your next batch of business cards.

When buyers use their purchasing power to achieve social outcomes beyond the products and services they require, they are undertaking social procurement. The social outcome is usually generated through the production or delivery process associated with the contract and includes job creation (such as for homeless, public housing tenants, the unemployed, people with disabilities indigenous Australians, refugees, locals etc.) but can deliver broader benefits.

Social procurement is a key plank in the development of social enterprise because it recognises and places value on the benefits that social enterprises provide, in so doing it increases the amount of work available to social enterprises. 

The simple addition of social clauses into procurement contracts can deliver huge benefits to individuals and communities. Social Traders is taking a lead role in raising awareness and supporting organisations to integrate social procurement into their practices. This work is instrumental in the development of social enterprise, as even a single major contract can deliver immense social benefits and job creation.

We have seen extraordinary impacts in communities where buyers of goods and services have let contracts to social enterprises. The value created through social procurement is demonstrably greater than traditional procurement. Championed by corporate, local and state governments, social procurement activity is rapidly growing across the country.

Social Enterprise Finder

An online directory of 5,000+ social enterprises to help you find local social enterprises around Australia that sells the goods and services that you want.

Case Studies, Tools & Resources

A range of tools, resources, research to help you develop social procurement practice within your organisation, whether you are government or corporate.

How can Social Traders help?

Find out how Social Traders can help progress social procurement in your organisation.