December 20, 2018
Social Traders has this month signed a Memorandum of Understand (MOU) with the Queensland Social Enterprise Council (QSEC), to jointly advance social enterprise and social procurement in Queensland.
Under the agreement Social Traders will work with QSEC to facilitate social procurement deals between Queensland based social enterprises and Government and business buyers.
The agreement between the two organisations will support the growth of emerging and existing social enterprises across the State.
Social Traders Managing Director David Brookes said the MOU was an important step in recognising the momentum of social procurement in Queensland.
“Social Traders is delighted to have signed this MOU with QSEC, as we look to capitalise on the significant potential for social procurement on Queensland,” Brookes said.
“It’s a promising time for social enterprise in Queensland and Social Trades is excited to be supporting the further development of the ecosystem with QSEC.
“Over the past 18 months, we’ve seen first-hand the significant difference that private and public-sector buyers can make to reducing long-term unemployment challenges by incorporating social enterprise products and services into procurement policies and practices.
“We have no doubt that social procurement represents the biggest opportunity for the growth of Australian social enterprises, and thus job creation for disadvantaged communities.”
QSEC Chair Emma-Kate Rose said the MOU was a big step for Queensland social enterprises.
“QSEC is thrilled to be collaborating with Australia’s leading experts in social procurement, who have worked in this space for over a decade,” Ms Rose said.
“The collaboration strengthens the work performed by QSEC across local and state government departments over many years advocating on behalf of its members and the wider ecosystem in Queensland.
“In addition to government social procurement policies, this collaboration offers a great opportunity for the sector to develop solid relationships with the Queensland business sector who are also looking at delivering a social return on their procurement dollar.
“For example, Martist180 Painting and Nundah Community Enterprises Cooperative have both been engaged by Mirvac in Queensland after qualifying as certified suppliers with Social Traders.”
QSEC is a member-led peak body that exists to represent the interests of social entrepreneurs and social enterprises across Queensland and encourages development of the sector through advocacy with government bodies, philanthropy and intermediaries.
Social Traders is a specialist intermediary organisation that supports job creation for disadvantaged people by connecting certified social enterprises to procurement opportunities in the Government and business sector.
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