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Social Procurement

Posted 7/9/2019

The objectives of procurement have evolved from best price to best value to include environmental sustainability. Many organizations are now expanding their procurement mandate,

to quote friend and colleague Larry Berglund, from “making good deals to making deals that do good”. This statement summarizes the reasoning behind incorporating social procurement objectives in your organization’s policies and practices.

 What could be the tangible benefits to my organization?

  • ·        Purchaser – Supplier alignment with objectives, both parties are seeking best value, high quality and community benefits;
  • ·        Community value through workforce training; supplier development; increased employment opportunities for people with barriers; community economic development and reduction of social costs;
  • ·        Employee retention, the best and brightest employees will choose to work with organizations that contribute to their communities.

How do we incorporate social values into procurement?

Social procurement is a long-term strategy that requires leadership and commitment to implementation throughout the organization. Your local community’s priorities will inform the strategy. Assistance with policy and procedure development, training and implementation is available.

I am proud to be involved with social procurement.

Resources include:

Coastal Communities Social Procurement Initiative: https://ccspi.ca/