Buy Social is SEUK’s flagship campaign that aims to build markets for social enterprises among the general public as well as the private and public sectors. It challenges all of us to think about where we buy our goods and services from, and the social impact of our purchasing decisions.
WHY BUY SOCIAL?
Buying social is about using your money, as an individual or an organisation, to create a positive impact on the world we live in. When you buy from a social enterprise you are choosing to spend your money with a business that is giving something back, reinvesting their profits to address the most pressing issues, from homelessness and unemployment to ethical trade and climate change.
Let our short animation explain. Narrated by John Bird, Founder of The Big Issue, featuring Jamie Oliver.
SOCIAL SATURDAY: TAKING THE CAMPAIGN TO CONSUMERS
The first Social Saturday in September 2014 aimed to boost the number of consumers buying from social enterprises. It had cross-party support and was backed by the Prime Minister, David Cameron. Successive campaigns in 2015 and 2016 have reached consumers and MPs across the UK. And since launching Social Saturday, awareness of social enterprise among the general public has risen from 37% to 51%.
EVEN PARLIAMENT IS 'BUYING SOCIAL'
The House of Commons and House of Lords are accredited ‘Buy Social’ organisations by Social Enterprise UK. This recognises that Parliament has incorporated social enterprises into its supply chains, and considers added social and environmental value when procuring goods and services. The parliamentary reception recognising this achievement was attended by Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus (below) with John Bercow, Speaker of the House.
REACHING OUT TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR
Launched in April 2016, the Buy Social Corporate Challenge will see a group of high profile businesses aim to spend £1 billion with social enterprises by 2020. The initiative is a first for the social enterprise sector. SEUK are hoping that more businesses will sign up to the Challenge.
BUY SOCIAL DIRECTORY
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.
BUY SOCIAL BADGE AND ANIMATION (FOR SEUK MEMBERS ONLY)
We've designed a range of Buy Social materials to help encourage more people to buy from social enterprises. Login to access the buy social downloads.
Members are also welcome to host the Buy Social animation on their websites. Login to access the embed code.