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We make winning work easier for social enterprises

We certify social enterprises and offer services to support their growth and impact.

We enable social procurement contracts with our business and government members and work with social enterprises to increase capacity and access to new opportunities.

To date, Social Traders has facilitated more than $30 million in sales for social enterprises with business and government members.

It’s our unrivaled experience working with social procurement buyers that has given us a privileged position to inform and support social enterprises to new growth opportunities across a broad range of industries.

What is social procurement?

Access to a network of social enterprises is important. It helps businesses like ours identify future suppliers who put purpose alongside profit. While we are targeting $100 million in purposeful procurement by 2030, for us it is beyond targets, it’s about our business being a force for good.

Andrew, ST Business member

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Certification

Social Traders certification is the only social enterprise certification in Australia that recognises the diversity of social enterprise forms across ownership structures and models of impact. Becoming Social Traders certified publicly verifies that you meet the definition of a social enterprise among other benefits.
CREDIBILITY

with ST certified logomark

GROW

your business

CONNECT

with community

WIN

social procurement contracts

How we define social enterprise

Social enterprises are businesses that trade to intentionally tackle social problems, improve communities, provide people with access to employment and training, or help the environment.

Using the power of the marketplace to solve the most pressing societal problems, social enterprises are commercially viable businesses that exist to benefit the public and the community, rather than shareholders and owners.

Find out more about the definition of social enterprise

Growth services

To help our certified social enterprises win more work from our growing community of business and government buyers, we offer a range of growth support and advisory services that can be accessed through consultation with our in-house industry experts.

Find out more about growth services

Our Business & Government Members

Our business & government members work nationally to generate social impact through their procurement spend.

45 Business & Government Members

Members operate across a range of industry sectors

National reach

Business & government membership is growing exponentially

Testimonials

Since certification as a social enterprise in early 2018, Ability Works Australia has benefited significantly from the vibrant marketplace created by Social Traders. Commercial relationships are in development with potential customers and our first successful relationship was cemented last week.

The facilitated introductions to potential buyers in many different networking forums has had a synergistic effect. Social Traders have their finger on the pulse of the social sector, they seek constant feedback and think broadly about partnerships between social enterprises. The end result is that we are able to fulfil our purpose by creating more opportunities for people facing significant barriers to employment.”

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