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SEWF 2021: Save the Dates

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Posted by: Jo Seagrave / 09 February 2021

SEWF 2021: Co-hosted by Common Good Solutions, Nova Scotia, Canada 

In 2021, we are partnering with Common Good Solutions in Nova Scotia as event co-host to shine a spotlight on Canada, while also addressing priorities and issues for social enterprises around the world. Key themes will include climate change, young people, social procurement, economic recovery and indigenous social enterprises.

We will be kicking off our new annual event programme with the SEWF Policy Forum on 27th and 28th April. It will be a fully digital event open to all, during which we will launch our new Social Procurement Community of Practice so be sure to register to save the date and not miss out!

The SEWF Policy Forum will be followed by the SEWF Rural Forum on the 8th and 9th June and SEWF 2021 in late September/early October. We will close the year with the SEWF Academic Forum in November. All events will be in English and French and will have digital participation with the possibility of the September/October event being hybrid blending online and in-person sessions (to be confirmed on 1st March depending on travel and gathering restrictions).  

Our new event strategy recognises the ongoing and lasting impacts of COVID-19 on our community, as well as the opportunity digital presents and builds on the success and lessons learned from last year’s event and also the Community Consultation we recently undertook. 

In 2021, we also plan to build the SEWF online community and increase online engagement to better support the global social enterprise movement. As part of this, we are recruiting an Online Community Engagement & Communications Manager (deadline 15th February) and will be co-hosting a series of online partner events, starting with the Buy Social Canada Symposium “Social Procurement Today and Tomorrow” on 26th April.

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SAP Launches 5 & 5 by ’25 Initiative

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Posted by: Jo Seagrave / 10 November 2020

On October 5 SAP announced 5 & 5 by ’25, a corporate initiative targeting five percent of addressable spend* with social enterprises and with diverse businesses by 2025. In setting this target, SAP aims to inspire organizations around the world to buy more goods and services from purposeful suppliers, making a positive collective impact on the societies they operate in.

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With great power, comes great responsibility

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Posted by: Jo Seagrave / 16 August 2020

“With great power, comes great responsibility.”  It is a proverb that dates back through history, but many of us know it better as the Peter Parker principle, made popular through Stan Lee’s Spider-Man comics and movies. The concept that those entrusted with considerable resources have a duty to utilize them wisely.  At SAP Ariba, we recognize our position as leaders in the procurement market and fully embrace our responsibility to help the world spend better. 

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Social enterprises respond to community needs amid COVID-19

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Posted by: Jo Seagrave / 06 April 2020

Last week we reflected on systemic and structural responses that are supporting the social enterprise sector in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. These structural responses often rely on the ingenuity, creativity, and hard work of frontline social enterprise organisations and leaders who advocate for the sector and frequently inform the delivery of these response funds and campaigns. These are the same organisations and leaders that are collectively responding to this crisis by serving the needs of the most vulnerable and most affected in our communities.

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Social Enterprise World Forum has been highlighting social enterprise responses to the COVID-19 pandemic on our website. We are partially focused on elevating systemic and structural responses where actions are being taken to assist the social enterprise sector in a nation or region. If you are engaging your municipality, or regional, or federal government to support your social enterprise sector, it might be helpful to cite examples from elsewhere. While some governments and social enterprise sectors have taken leadership and delivered innovative responses, others will prefer to follow, adopt, and adapt from elsewhere. Two closely aligned responses are from Scotland and South Korea.

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