As you reflect on the holidays and what they entail this year, consider a gift that creates community capital! From chocolate, candles, furniture, clothing, jewelry and crafts, there are social enterprises that make the gifts you’d like to share with loved ones. You can find Buy Social Canada Certified Social Enterprises who make these and other gifts into our directory for easy gifting this year!
When you #GiftSocial, you’re also providing opportunities for community members who are facing personal and systemic barriers.
“An estimated $150B is spent globally on sustainable development, in comparison to $12 trillion spent in business to business transactions — consider the social impact opportunity if a percentage of that procurement spend shifts to social enterprises providing quality goods and services. This holiday season, I’ll be supporting business where my money matters and each dollar spent creates direct impact for the buyer, the seller, and the community. I hope you’ll join me!” – Kate Booth, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility North America, SAP (Buy Social Pledge Leader)
You can align your gift giving with the social issues that matter to you; A face mask purchase from EcoEquitable in Ottawa creates job training and skills for immigrant women. Candles and honey from Hives for Humanity provide income for someone facing barriers to traditional employment. Coffee and chocolates from East Van Roasters offers opportunities for women in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. A new work from home desk from LakeCity Woodworkers in Halifax creates jobs for persons living with mental health illness.
Shop these and other ideas in our #GiftSocial directory, and give a gift that gives back to community.