Many Canadians embrace the spirit of giving during the holiday season. Collectively, we donate about $5 billion to charities just in late November and December, making up almost 40% of donations received over the entire year (CBC News). But once we finish our Christmas shopping and the dust has settled, making a charitable donation can feel like more of a burden than a joy. What if there was a way to give back without spending an extra dollar?
Social procurement occurs in many formats and models, but most commonly it is achieved through adding a social value component to purchasing and procurement criteria and including a community benefit agreement within major development and infrastructure investments. This is one model of how social procurement leveraged social value through workforce integration in Manitoba.
One of the most important aspects of the Buy Social Canada mission is to support social enterprises’ capacity to create positive impacts that meet the unique needs of Canadian communities. Our certified supplier, Nations Creations, is the perfect example of how local social enterprises are uniquely positioned to address Canadian-specific needs.
There is so much potential for social enterprises to create a positive impact on communities across Canada. A recent partnership facilitated by Buy Social Canada in Vancouver illustrates how much greater this potential becomes when purchasers and suppliers work together to achieve social and business needs.
It's well known that Vancouver's real estate boom has has brought with it affordability issues for many residents. But how can the economic gains of property development be redistributed to benefit all Vancouverites? This is where social procurement practices have the potential to make tangible impact on communities, specifically through Community Benefit Agreements (CBA).
It has never been a better time to use social purchasing to increase the 'value' of existing purchases in Canada.
Purchasing from social enterprise suppliers simplifies achieving a social impact outcome from your purchasing. Social enterprises are businesses with a social, environmental or cultural purpose, and they re-invest at least one-half of their profits back into their social purpose.
This report examines an innovative market-based opportunity to create social impact through existing purchasing.
The recent Federal Budget recognized that government alone couldn’t solve the complex social issues facing our communities. We would add, that alone no single sector, not the private sector and not the non-profit sector, could solve our current complex social issues. Together though, blending business values and social impact objectives through social procurement offers some hope.
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The Village of Cumberland has passed a motion to implement social impact purchasing, making the Village the first municipality in British Columbia to proactively leverage existing spending to improve social outcomes in the community.
As the social enterprise sector grows across Canada, Buy Social Canada has emerged as a new organization to help identify and recognize social value and measure social impact with their certification program.
The Hastings Crossing Business Improvement Association (HxBIA) is the first BIA in Canada to become a certified purchaser. They join a growing list of certified purchasers and suppliers across Canada.