Social Purchasing Partnerships

Make an impact with your purchasing today. Our partnerships can help in any stage of your social procurement journey as you connect with social enterprises across Canada.

Businesses

We can work together to examine your operations and supply chain.
Identify opportunities to maximize social value through existing procurement decisions.

 

Non-Profits

Non-Profits are already purpose driven to create social value.
By buying from social enterprises you can create even greater social value.

 

Government & Institutions

Learn how to integrate your procurement objectives to meet your social goals and priorities, without having to adjust the budget.

Social Purchasing Partnerships

Social procurement is a tool for building healthy communities while ensuring your company gets best value for its money.

Buy Social Canada is excited to recognize and work with your organization to support you in your social procurement journey and connect you with social enterprise suppliers across Canada.

“If just a small fraction, for example 5%, of what the public and private sectors currently spend on procuring goods and services was directed to social enterprise businesses, that collective buying power will build dynamic local economies and create more inclusive communities.” Elizabeth Chick-Blount, Executive Director of Buy Social Canada.

It’s never been easier to buy social – Buy Social Canada can show you how.

Join the Buy Social Pledge, learn and implement as a Buy Social Engage member or impact your local community as a Buy Social Local Member.

Buy Social Pledge

You are invited to join the Buy Social Pledge
  • An exciting opportunity to be recognized and supported as a leader implementing social procurement across Canada.
Buy Social Pledge Leaders are also invited to collaborate with the initial Buy Social Pledge Leaders Group
  • including Leaders’ events, engagement campaigns and advocacy opportunities.
Buy Social Pledge Members are supported by Buy Social Canada
  • Throughout the implementation process including webinars, supply chain analysis and connections to certified social enterprise suppliers. Members are recognized for their leadership in social procurement through a variety of promotional and brand awareness opportunities, storytelling and media exposure.


Design your Buy Social Journey

$25,000 Annually

Buy Social Pledge Leader

Social Procurement
  • Introductory workshop: ‘Introduction to Social Procurement’ in 1st Year, subsequent years members will have a menu of options to choose from.
  • Social Enterprise Directory access (BSC Certified list by category and location).
  • Participation in Social Procurement Roundtable (if in available market).
  • Participation in Community of Practice (virtual).
  • Supply chain analysis of current spend to establish a baseline, key opportunities, and targets. Includes a collaborative review of results and opportunities.
  • A survey toolkit to review existing suppliers and identify existing social enterprises and diverse-owned businesses. Data will be incorporated into the supply chain analysis and will inform your unique Buy Social Pledge.
  • Assistance in crafting your unique Buy Social Pledge based upon ​your specific opportunities and goals.
  • On-going support to implement key social procurement recommendations including facilitating connections with Buy Social Canada certified social enterprises.
  • Annual progress reports.
Recognition
  • Appear on Buy Social Canada’s website as a ‘Buy Social Pledge Member’ for one year
Project Specific Needs
  • Consulting and training services outside of the scope of this package available at a reduced fee.
Buy Social Pledge Leader: SAP

$10,000 Annually

Buy Social Pledge Member

Social Procurement
  • Introductory workshop: ‘Introduction to Social Procurement’ in 1st Year, subsequent years members will have a menu of options to choose from.
  • Social Enterprise Directory access (BSC Certified list by category and location).
  • Participation in Social Procurement Roundtable (if in available market).
  • Participation in Community of Practice (virtual).
  • Supply chain analysis of current spend to establish a baseline, key opportunities, and targets. Includes a collaborative review of results and opportunities.
  • A survey toolkit to review existing suppliers and identify existing social enterprises and diverse-owned businesses. Data will be incorporated into the supply chain analysis and will inform your unique Buy Social Pledge.
  • Assistance in crafting your unique Buy Social Pledge based upon ​your specific opportunities and goals.
  • On-going support to implement key social procurement recommendations including facilitating connections with Buy Social Canada certified social enterprises.
  • Annual progress reports.
Recognition
  • Appear on Buy Social Canada’s website as a ‘Buy Social Pledge Member’ for one year
Project Specific Needs
  • Consulting and training services outside of the scope of this package available at a reduced fee.

$2,500 Annually

Buy Social Engage Member

Social Procurement
  • 1 hour workshop: 1st Year introductory “Introduction to Social Procurement”, subsequent years workshop outlines will be sent to members to choose 1 hour workshop topic
  • Directory Access
  • Participation in Social Procurement roundtable (if in available market)
  • Participation in Community of Practice (virtual)
  • Introductory Supply Chain Audit: Identifies current spend opportunities and key recommendations to progress social procurement pathways report
Recognition
  • Appear on Buy Social Website as a “Buy Social Engage Member” for 1 year
Project Specific Needs
  • Consulting and training services outside of the scope of this package available at a reduced fee. Opportunity to put $2,500 towards $10,000 fee for Buy Social Pledge Member
Design your Buy Social Journey

$250 Annually

Buy Social Local Member

Actively committed to social procurement.
Businesses with less than $5million revenue annually, less than 50 employees, and operating in one location (or majority of revenues coming from one location)

Social Procurement
  • Directory Access
  • Participation in Social Procurement Roundtables (if in available market)
  • Participation in Community of Practice (virtual)
Recognition
  • Appear on Buy Social Website as a “Buy Social Engage Member” for one year
Project Specific Needs
  • $250 put towards $2500 fee when applying to be Buy Social Engage Member or for project specific support

Benefits

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.

Improve your business performance

Research shows that businesses who align their operational practices with community and employee values tend to financially outperform their competitors.

Analyze your impact & tell your story

Assess your impact and identify opportunities to improve with the support of our partner supply chain experts. Participate in our case studies and showcase your business’ social impact.

Be a leader in Corporate Social Responsibility

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.

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.