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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 $105 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 access new growth opportunities across a broad range of industries.

What is social procurement?

Watch our 40 minute video tutorial “Social Procurement Fundamentals for Social Enterprise” to learn more.

This video is for social enterprises that might be new to social procurement, or those that might want to increase their understanding of social procurement and its rationale and benefits. It’s also for social enterprises that are interested in learning what is needed for their social enterprise to be ready for 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


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 your social enterprise status among other benefits.

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Social Procurement Checklist

Are you wondering how to win more work through social procurement?
Or are you new to social procurement and wondering where to start? 

Use this checklist to understand what you need for your social enterprise to be optimised for social procurement.

Watch our 40 minute video tutorial “Social Procurement Fundamentals for Social Enterprise” to learn more.

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.

ST certification assures stakeholders that a social enterprise has a social, cultural or environmental purpose as its primary objective, that a substantial portion of its revenue is derived from commercial trade, and that the majority of the organisation’s efforts and resources are invested into the social purpose.

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 services that leverages the expertise of Social Traders’ in-house industry experts and network of partners.

Find out more about growth services

Our Business & Government Members

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

100 Business & Government Members

Members operate across a range of industry sectors

National reach

Business & government membership is growing exponentially


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.”


Social Traders has been essential to Refugee Talent’s growth. Without attending their conferences and networking events we wouldn’t have met some of our key business relationships that have helped us to deliver the impact of providing employment opportunities for people from culturally diverse backgrounds.

To be a social enterprise in Australia now is an exciting time and Social Traders are leading the way in creating opportunities for enterprises like ours to create positive social impact through procurement.

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