Social Purchasing is “Encouraging a shift towards procurement based on achieving multiple outcomes in addition to maximizing financial value.” (Social Procurement and New Public Governance: Barraket et al, 2016)
Social purchasing intentionally multiplies the social and economic ripples of existing purchasing from merely supplier benefits to community benefits.
This tour through social purchasing initiatives is an evolving ‘map’ as we go along the journey. We couldn’t cover every possible point of interest, so we tried to provide a good overview. Please send us any additions to the itinerary!
Why is the tour a ‘trending trajectory’?
A Trend is the prevailing tendency; changes in a situation or in the way that people are behaving; a direction in which something is developing.
A Trajectory is the path followed by a projectile flying or an object moving under the action of given force, a progression.
Background for the Tour
Social purchasing and Community Benefit Agreements are now moving beyond experiments. They are becoming innovative and effective implementations across multiple jurisdictions and locations. They are creating targeted employment opportunities, enhancing local economic development, and contributing to healthy communities. And through social purchasing social enterprises are seeing their sales opportunities increase, and their social impact grow.
In the spring of 2014 I published Exploring Social Procurement, which outlined opportunities and barriers to advance social purchasing, especially for governments. The paper noted that we were at an early development and emerging stage of social purchasing. (http://buysocialcanada.ca/2015/01/13/exploring-social-procurement-report/)
Now just three years later Social Purchasing is on an amazing “trending” trajectory!
So, rather than me trying to write a comprehensive observation and analysis of what is evolving in social purchasing globally, let me just provide a tour of some quotes and quips. You can explore and see for yourself!
Read full Report here. (http://asiccc.ca/tour-trending-trajectory-social-purchasing/)