Social procurement involves organisations (including central and local government and private organisations) using their purchasing power to generate positive social, environmental, cultural or economic outcomes through their contracted services.
As a social procurer of goods and services, the purchasing organisation asks the question: "If $1 is spent on the delivery of services, can that same $1 be used to also produce a wider benefit to the community?"
The Social Enterprise Institute strongly supports the efforts of the New Zealand Government Procurement agency and several local councils to ensure when buying or procuring social services there is a focus on delivering good social outcomes for people living in New Zealand. By increasing the understanding of social procurement, sharing information on contracts, enabling collaboration across agencies and sharing tools and experiences all parties win.
If you would like to talk to us about social procurement please either contact us by phone or via email or fill out the Social Enterprise Enquiry Form and select the Social Procurement option and a member of our team will contact you.
"The upside for purchasing organizations is that they can use social procurement to achieve social and/or environmental outcomes – with little or no additional investment. Potentially it is a win/win situation." (Jennings, NZCED)