Resource Library

In this resource library you will find examples of social enterprise policies, strategies, and studies that capture national, regional, and local action on social enterprise development. This is the most extensive collection of social enterprise resources globally and the collection is always expanding.

Stop Trashing the Climate

Stop Trashing the Climate

Co-authored by Eric Lombardi – one of SEWF’s Associates – this report is details the connection between waste and climate and begins to explore what the social enterprise movement can bring to help address the climate emergency.

  • Date: 01/06/2008
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 6 MB
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Finding Australia’s Social Enterprise Sector

Finding Australia’s Social Enterprise Sector

This report documents the characteristics of Australian social enterprises and explores the opportunities and challenges they face.

  • Date: 01/06/2010
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 1 MB
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United Kingdom Social Value Act

United Kingdom Social Value Act

This law encourages those in commissioning, operational and policymaking roles to consider social value in their specifications for services.

  • Date: 01/03/2012
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 255 KB
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Corporate Social Procurement in Australia

Corporate Social Procurement in Australia

his report highlights the corporate social procurement experience with employment-focused social enterprises.

  • Date: 25/08/2013
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 6 MB
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EU Public Procurement Directive

EU Public Procurement Directive

The Directive only regulates ‘how to buy’ when a contracting authority has already decided to use their purchasing power in support of Fair Trade and sustainability. Organisations like FTAO in Belgium, were pleased with these positive changes, but advocate for the EU to do more to promote social and sustainable procurement.

  • Date: 26/02/2014
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 2 MB
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Exploring Social Procurement in Canada Report

Exploring Social Procurement in Canada Report

This report outlines key recommendations for both suppliers and purchasers interested in social procurement.

  • Date: 01/03/2014
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 598 KB
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Scotland’s Procurement Reform Act

Scotland’s Procurement Reform Act

This legislation addresses procurement for public bodies/organisations including procedures for awarding public contracts and sustainability requirements.

  • Date: 17/06/2014
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 1 MB
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Manitoba’s Social Enterprise Strategy

Manitoba’s Social Enterprise Strategy

This co-constructed strategy aims to grow the sector and create more jobs, noting the value and opportunity presented by social enterprise.

  • Date: 01/02/2015
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 275 KB
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Québec’s Social Economy Action Plan

Québec’s Social Economy Action Plan

The Action Plan is only available in French. It recognises the specific contribution of the social economy to the socio-economic development of Québec.

  • Date: 01/05/2015
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 9 MB
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Scotland’s Ten Year Social Enterprise Strategy

Scotland’s Ten Year Social Enterprise Strategy

Perhaps the first national strategy co-produced in this manner, it positions social enterprise within Scotland’s Economic Strategy.

  • Date: 13/09/2016
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 3 MB
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Internationalising Social Enterprise in Scotland

Internationalising Social Enterprise in Scotland

This co-produced document sets out the Scottish Government’s ambitions for international excellence, leadership and impact in the social enterprise field.

  • Date: 30/09/2016
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 6 MB
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Victoria State Government Social Enterprise Strategy

Victoria State Government Social Enterprise Strategy

This strategy supports sector growth and diversity to facilitate the key role social enterprise plays in building social cohesion in Victoria.

  • Date: 01/02/2017
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 840 KB
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Scotland’s first 3-Year Social Enterprise Action Plan

Scotland’s first 3-Year Social Enterprise Action Plan

Outlines actions around 3 priorities: stimulating social enterprise, developing stronger organisations and realizing market opportunity.

  • Date: 01/04/2017
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 555 KB
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Nova Scotia’s Social Enterprise Framework

Nova Scotia’s Social Enterprise Framework

This Framework supports Nova Scotia’s vision for vibrant communities where individuals do not have to decide between doing business and helping people.

  • Date: 12/04/2017
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 8 MB
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Nova Scotia Social Enterprise Sector Strategy 2017

Nova Scotia Social Enterprise Sector Strategy 2017

This strategy concretely supports the official Framework for Advancing Social Enterprise in Nova Scotia.

  • Date: 12/04/2017
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 2 MB
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Mapping the Social Business Sector in Wales

Mapping the Social Business Sector in Wales

This report describes the social business sector in Wales following a survey of almost half (48%) of the businesses operating in the sector.

  • Date: 27/04/2017
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 4 MB
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The State of Social Enterprise in Singapore

The State of Social Enterprise in Singapore

The report presents findings developed from surveys of social enterprises, other key stakeholders and the results of two public perception studies on social enterprise.

  • Date: 01/05/2017
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 1 MB
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Social Enterprise Eco-systems in South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation Countries

Social Enterprise Eco-systems in South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation Countries

This study analyses the SE landscape and related ecosystems of seven SAARC countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

  • Date: 20/05/2017
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 3 MB
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Social Enterprise Mapping Project – Victoria, Australia

Social Enterprise Mapping Project – Victoria, Australia

Commissioned as part Victoria’s Social Enterprise Strategy, this report provides the first baseline analysis of social enterprises in the state, focusing on size, characteristics and impacts.

  • Date: 12/11/2017
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 5 MB
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Early Opportunities: Cooperation Between Social Enterprises and Municipalities in the Netherlands

Early Opportunities: Cooperation Between Social Enterprises and Municipalities in the Netherlands

This report explores the ways municipalities can more effectively encourage the development of social enterprises.

  • Date: 01/03/2018
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 1 MB
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Newfoundland and Labrador Social Enterprise Strategy

Newfoundland and Labrador Social Enterprise Strategy

This Social Enterprise Action Plan aims to support the development, expansion and enhancement of social enterprises.

  • Date: 30/05/2018
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 6 MB
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Québec Social Economy Act

Québec Social Economy Act

The Act recognises the historic contribution of social economy enterprises to the province and commits to develop an action plan to support the sector.

  • Date: 01/06/2018
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 154 KB
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Glasgow City Social Enterprise Strategy

Glasgow City Social Enterprise Strategy

Example of a municipal level strategy that complements an overarching national strategy.

  • Date: 10/09/2018
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 878 KB
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Hidden Revolution – Size and Scale of Social Enterprise in UK

Hidden Revolution – Size and Scale of Social Enterprise in UK

The report shows that 100,000 social enterprises employ 2 million people and contribute £60 billion to (3% of) UK GDP.

  • Date: 19/09/2018
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 4 MB
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Buy Social Canada Guide to Social Procurement

Buy Social Canada Guide to Social Procurement

This Buy Social Canada guidebook is an introduction to the why, what and how of social procurement in Canada.

  • Date: 31/12/2018
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 8 MB
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Thailand Social Enterprise Promotion Act

Thailand Social Enterprise Promotion Act

National law for social enterprise in Thailand that established the Social Enterprise Promotion Office. Note: this document is only available in Thai. Learn about earlier legislation including tax exemptions here.

  • Date: 23/05/2019
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 249 KB
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National Social Enterprise Policy for Ireland

National Social Enterprise Policy for Ireland

Based on 3 pillars: building awareness of social enterprise, growing and strengthening social enterprise and achieving better policy alignment.

  • Date: 31/07/2019
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 2 MB
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Queensland Social Enterprise Strategy

Queensland Social Enterprise Strategy

Focused on three key areas: building capability and capacity, making connections, and improving market access.

  • Date: 01/08/2019
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 1 MB
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Social Enterprise in Scotland – Census 2019

Social Enterprise in Scotland – Census 2019

This census is used to inform policy and Scotland’s social enterprise action plans. The 2015, 2017, and 2019 Census documents and their summaries can be found here.

  • Date: 04/09/2019
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 6 MB
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Analyzing the Success Factors of Best Practices in the Korean Social Economy

Analyzing the Success Factors of Best Practices in the Korean Social Economy

This report from the Korea Social Enterprise Promotion Agency examines 10 social economy enterprises, provides recommendations to continue developing Korea’s social economy.

  • Date: 01/11/2019
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 2 MB
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Social Traders Certification Checklist

Social Traders Certification Checklist

This resource is designed for social enterprises (in Australia although it has global relevance) to help them understand the process of becoming certified as social enterprises by Social Traders.

  • Date: 31/12/2019
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 160 KB
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Social Procurement: Social Enterprise Benefits

Social Procurement: Social Enterprise Benefits

This document from Social Traders in Australia outlines some of the benefits social enterprises can receive by working with intermediary organisations (if they exist in the country/context) to help access social procurement opportunities.

  • Date: 31/12/2021
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 3 MB
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COVID-19 and Social Enterprise in Scotland

COVID-19 and Social Enterprise in Scotland

This report highlights the impact of COVID-19 on 250 SES members and includes data from Scotland’s census and Third Sector Resilience Fund.

  • Date: 17/04/2020
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 271 KB
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Social Enterprise and COVID-19

Social Enterprise and COVID-19

This report from SEUK explains findings on the specific needs of UK social enterprises and how they were responding to COVID-19.

  • Date: 28/04/2020
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 1 MB
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Social Procurement Checklist for Social Enterprises

Social Procurement Checklist for Social Enterprises

Developed by Social Traders in Australia, this checklist will help social enterprises consider how to start engaging with social procurement and how to win more work.

  • Date: 01/05/2020
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 211 KB
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Building New Zealand’s Impact Economy

Building New Zealand’s Impact Economy

The report includes plans for economic recovery post lockdown that addresses poverty, inequality and climate change.

  • Date: 12/05/2020
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 5 MB
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Roadmap to Recovery and Regeneration post COVID-19

Roadmap to Recovery and Regeneration post COVID-19

This research report from the Yunus Centre at Griffith University in Australia outlines a few approaches communities may want to explore as we begin recovery and rebuilding.

  • Date: 28/05/2020
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 5 MB
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COVID-19 and the Impact on Social Enterprises in Wales

COVID-19 and the Impact on Social Enterprises in Wales

The report identifies the following social enterprise responses: survival, hibernation, diversification, transformation and collaboration.

  • Date: 29/05/2020
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 8 MB
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Community Employment Benefit: Templates for implementation

Community Employment Benefit: Templates for implementation

This Buy Social Canada resource can help you design, evaluate and implement a social value into your procurement process for goods and services or major infrastructure and developments for projects. If used, Buy Social Canada must be credited.

  • Date: 14/07/2020
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 2 MB
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Transforming Wales through Social Enterprise: 10-Year Vision and Action Plan

Transforming Wales through Social Enterprise: 10-Year Vision and Action Plan

Outlines the potential of social enterprise to address the climate crisis and help rebuild in the wake of COVID-19.

  • Date: 15/07/2020
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 5 MB
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Leaders on the Front Line: Why Social Entrepreneurs Are Needed Now More than Ever

Leaders on the Front Line: Why Social Entrepreneurs Are Needed Now More than Ever

The COVID Response Alliance for Social Entrepreneurs was launched in April 2020 by 60 leading social-sector organizations aiming to help mobilise support and raise awareness of the vital role these entrepreneurs play in tackling the crisis and beyond. SEWF is proud to be a member of the Alliance, advocating for the ways in which social enterprises have championed COVID-19 response, recovery and rebuilding efforts

  • Date: 01/09/2020
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 6 MB
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Social Enterprises as Influencers of the Broader Business Community

Social Enterprises as Influencers of the Broader Business Community

A report from SENL on how social enterprises can lead the way toward a new economy.

  • Date: 10/11/2020
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 6 MB
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Community Benefit Agreements: Templates for implementation

Community Benefit Agreements: Templates for implementation

This resource from Buy Social Canada will help you design, evaluate and implement a social value into your procurement process for goods and services or major infrastructure and developments. If used, Buy Social Canada must be credited.

  • Date: 31/12/2020
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 2 MB
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Progressive Procurement: Buyers’ factsheet

Progressive Procurement: Buyers’ factsheet

This factsheet details New Zealand’s Progressive Procurement Policy where Government agencies must increase the diversity of their suppliers, initially by focusing on Māori businesses. Learn more here.

  • Date: 01/01/2021
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 71 KB
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Buy Social Canada Trade Agreement Primer

Buy Social Canada Trade Agreement Primer

This primer from Buy Social Canada provides a brief review of the key trade agreements in Canada that influence government procurement discretion, and how they affect social purchasing.

  • Date: 01/01/2021
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 1 MB
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Social Traders 3 Year Impact Report

Social Traders 3 Year Impact Report

In the first three years of connecting Certified Social Enterprises with Business and Government Members, Social Traders saw many encouraging outcomes including $222m from Business and Government members spent with Certified Social Enterprises. Read more about other metrics used to measure the impact of social procurement in Australia

  • Date: 01/01/2021
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 4 MB
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Guide: Intro to Social Procurement for Suppliers

Guide: Intro to Social Procurement for Suppliers

This tool is a guide designed for you to use as an introduction to the social procurement world for social enterprise suppliers developed as part of the Impact Initiative’s Toolkit. It is a useful reference for the terminology, definitions and phrasing used in the social procurement space.

  • Date: 01/03/2021
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 684 KB
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Social Procurement Readiness Checklist for Social Enterprises

Social Procurement Readiness Checklist for Social Enterprises

Developed by the Ākina Foundation as part of their toolkit for social enterprise resources, this tool is a checklist designed for social enterprises to work through and identify which areas of their organisation they may need to work on, in order to be prepared for a procurement, tender or large contract process.

  • Date: 01/03/2021
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 130 KB
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Ākina Foundation Social Procurement Video Tools

Ākina Foundation Social Procurement Video Tools

This document highlights three videos on social procurement developed by the Ākina Foundation in New Zealand. There is a video for social enterprises, one for public sector and another for small businesses.

  • Date: 01/03/2021
  • Type: pdf
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Buy Social Canada Guide to Social Procurement in Construction and Infrastructure Projects

Buy Social Canada Guide to Social Procurement in Construction and Infrastructure Projects

In the Guide to Social Procurement in Construction and Infrastructure Projects Buy Social Canada outlines a path to increase the success of construction-based social procurement.

  • Date: 01/03/2021
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 7 MB
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The Impact Initiative Summary Book

The Impact Initiative Summary Book

Learn more about the 5 key recommendations for government policy that emerged out of a three year partnership with the Ākina Foundation in New Zealand and the federal government through The Social Enterprise Sector Development Programme.

  • Date: 01/03/2021
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 2 MB
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Strengthening Government Procurement: A White Paper

Strengthening Government Procurement: A White Paper

This report details recommendations around public sector social procurement as part of the Impact Initiative: a three-year partnership between the Department of Internal Affairs, on behalf of the New Zealand Government, and the Ākina Foundation to deliver the Social Enterprise Sector Development Programme.

  • Date: 28/04/2021
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 6 MB
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Roadmap for Impact

Roadmap for Impact

The final report for the Impact Initiative in New Zealand including 15 government recommendations designed to accelerate the development of New Zealand’s social enterprises.

  • Date: 28/04/2021
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 6 MB
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Social Procurement Policy Examples in South East and East Asia

Social Procurement Policy Examples in South East and East Asia

This document, complied by Biji-Biji in Malaysia, provides an overview of social procurement policies across East and South East Asia.

  • Date: 01/05/2021
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 186 KB
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S-GRID Training Programme Information

S-GRID Training Programme Information

Moving Worlds provides a free training programme to social enterprises at various stages in their journey to impact. Learn more about the programme, by reading this document or visiting the website.

  • Date: 01/05/2021
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 2 MB
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Buy Social Canada Trainings

Buy Social Canada Trainings

This document provides an overview of various trainings provided by Buy Social Canada for social procurement purchasers.

  • Date: 03/05/2021
  • Type: pdf
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Leveraging social procurement to create change – Event recording

Leveraging social procurement to create change – Event recording

This event was part of Catalyst 2030’s Catalysing Change week at the beginning of May 2021. SEWF Managing Director Gerry Higgins participated as a panellist, along with Alexandra Tarmo  from Unilever and Alexandra van der Ploeg from SAP.

  • Date: 06/05/2021
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 808 KB
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Case Study: Social Procurement in Australia

Case Study: Social Procurement in Australia

A case study from Social Traders in Australia featuring DM Roads.

  • Date: 07/05/2021
  • Type: pdf
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New Zealand Government Procurement Rules

New Zealand Government Procurement Rules

This document outlines New Zealand’s Procurement Rules as part of their strategy for sustainable and inclusive procurement. Rule 16 on page 33 of this document is of particular relevance for social procurement.

  • Date: 24/05/2021
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Social Procurement Video Course

Social Procurement Video Course

By setting up a quick account with Social Traders, social enterprises can access this video course, which provides an introduction to social procurement.

  • Date: 01/06/2021
  • Type: pdf
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Social procurement case study: Māori enterprises

Social procurement case study: Māori enterprises

This case study published by Te Puni Kōkiri, the New Zealand Government’s principal policy advisor on Māori wellbeing and development, can also be found on their website here.

  • Date: 03/06/2021
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 993 KB
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Moving Worlds Guide to Growing and Scaling your Social Enterprise

Moving Worlds Guide to Growing and Scaling your Social Enterprise

This is a summary page of a more complete guide developed by Moving Worlds on growing and scaling social enterprises. The complete guide can be found on their website here.

  • Date: 01/06/2021
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 63 KB
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Exploring Community Wealth Building Through Social Procurement in Ontario — Final Report

Exploring Community Wealth Building Through Social Procurement in Ontario — Final Report

This report recaps a five-part knowledge series that examined the Ontario social procurement ecosystem – social enterprises as suppliers, social value purchasers and the construction sector generating demand, and how community is re-defining wealth and driving social value outcomes.

  • Date: 20/07/2021
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 7 MB
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SEUK – Buy Social Corporate Challenge – Year 5 Impact Report

SEUK – Buy Social Corporate Challenge – Year 5 Impact Report

Five years ago the Buy Social Corporate Challenge was launched in Downing Street, with
seven founding corporate partners committing to open up their supply chains to social
enterprises. The Year 5 Report looks back at the impact of the Corporate Challenge, from
how much money has been spent with social enterprises to what this spend has helped
achieve. It also looks at how working with social enterprises has affected the corporates
involved.

  • Date: 20/07/2021
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 2 MB
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Malaysia’s Social Enterprise Accreditation Guidelines

Malaysia’s Social Enterprise Accreditation Guidelines

The Social Enterprise Accreditation (SE.A) Guidelines document is a guide that outlines the definition of a social enterprise in Malaysia and explains the procedures and criteria involved in the accreditation process so social enterprises can access funding and market opportunities. This document is publicly available on MaGIC’s website.

  • Date: 30/08/2021
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 6 MB
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