Supply chains and procurement

An increasing number of organisations are 'buying social' and bringing social enterprises into their supply chains. Just like having a carbon footprint, each organisation has a social footprint, and any organisation can take simple steps to improve theirs. 

Our guide provides more information for those interested in buying goods and services from British social enterprises.

BUY SOCIAL CORPORATE CHALLENGE

If you work in big business and are interested in sourcing and procuring goods and services from social enterprises, why not sign up to the Challenge, along with well known brands including Santander, Zurich and Johnson & Johnson? The programme is being run by Social Enterprise UK in partnership with the Cabinet Office and Business in the Community.

FIND A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE

The Buy Social Directory helps private and public sector buyers find social enterprises to trade with. Search the directory to connect with social enterprises providing a variety of products and services, from education and training, to catering and printing. Visit www.buysocialdirectory.org.uk.

WE BUY SOCIAL

Social Enterprise UK accredits businesses and organisations that are committed to buying from social enterprises. Find out more and how to apply

NEED SUPPORT?

Social Enterprise UK can help in: 

  • Procurement / supply chain advisory services.
  • Our brokerage services can help you find social enterprise suppliers throughout the UK for all areas of your business. Read this blog about how we helped Wates in 2013.
  • Social Value Act implementation: how to commission, procure and buy for social value.

For more information email Charlie Wigglesworth at charlie.wigglesworth@socialenterprise.org.uk