Join the social impact network and become a Buy Social Canada Purchaser! Buy Social Canada’s third party certification program recognizes your organization as a verified social purchaser, and enhances your marketing potential as a business that actively prioritizes social procurement and contributes to the social and environmental wellbeing of your community.

“They helped our organization understand aspects of the social enterprise landscape in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, BC, and to plan our own social procurement policy that was fair, mission driven, and satisfied our due diligence.”
— Thomas Bevan, Development Manager, 312 Main Community Co-op

Who Can Be a Certified Social Purchaser?

  • If you’re a non-profit, then you are already in the business of creating social value. You can maximize your purchasing by buying from social enterprise suppliers and create an even greater social value.
  • If you're a government institution, you can learn how to integrate your procurement objectives to meet your social and environmental goals, without having to adjust the budget. 
  •  If you're a business, you can examine your operations and supply chain, identifying opportunities to maximize social value through existing procurement decisions.

If you identify with any of the entities above, we want to recognize you as a Buy Social Canada purchaser!

Benefits of Buy Social Certification

  • Join a growing social impact network
    • Connect with like-minded, mission-driven businesses that lead in social procurement practices and contribute to healthy community building
  • Be a leader in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
    • Align your corporate social responsibility objectives with your core business
    • Your business has a responsibility to the community you work and operate in. Buying from social enterprise is a simple way to give back, contribute to the local economy and help build sustainable and healthy communities.
  • Stand out from your competitors
    • Certification provides a meaningful social value differentiator that helps your business stand out in diverse and competitive marketplaces
  • Improve your business performance
    • Research shows that businesses who align their operational practices with community and employee values tend to financially outperform their competitors.
  • Save money and access tools and resources
    • Receive discounted consulting rates from our strategic partners to support you in developing a social procurement framework or policy
    • Access webinars and other key tools and resources for free
  • Analyze your impact
    • Assess your impact and identify opportunities to improve with the support of our partner supply chain experts
  • Tell your story
    • Participate in our case studies and showcase your business’ social impact

Criteria for Certification

  • Your organization will endeavour to buy goods and services from social enterprises, businesses that reinvest their profits for good, benefiting people and planet
  • Your organization will have a fair, accessible, and open procurement process and services

  • You are raising awareness of social enterprises across your organization

  • Your organization has trained relevant staff about buying from social enterprise

  • Your organization will work with Buy Social Canada to find social enterprise suppliers where possible

  • Your organization is committed to developing metrics to measure the impact of buying social.

Apply Today! Our application form is simple and can be completed in minutes!

*If you feel that your business or organization doesn’t fit these specific guidelines, please contact us and we would be happy to discuss ways in which you can be a Buy Social Canada partner.

Pricing for Purchasers

The annual pricing for certification is based upon your business revenues.

Purchaser Participation Fee:

  • Under $5 million in revenue: $500/year
  • $5-20 million in revenue: $1000/year
  • $20 million in revenue or more: $2500/year