From 7-12th October we are calling on consumers, businesses and those spending public money to think about the positive impact they could be making simply by choosing to buy from social enterprises. Businesses that put planet and people over profit.

If you’re not sure what a social enterprise is Michael Sheen, Sali Hughes, Caitlin Moran and Chris Addison have prepared a rather helpful video for you.

When you Buy Social, you’re helping to build a better world.

You can find more information about social enterprises and where you can buy from them at the bottom of this page.

Our awareness campaign, “Buy Social for a Better World”, will also be supported by an exciting augmented reality campaign featuring Michael Sheen, Caitlin Moran, Chris Addison and Sali Hughes and a selection of social enterprise products in store at The Co-op. Download the Zappar App and scan the trigger image next to the Buy Social badge to hear from Michael, Chris, Sali and Caitlin how that particular product is building a better world.

You’ll also get to take a virtual selfie with Michael, Chris, Caitlin or Sali to share on social media.

Be sure to follow #BuySocial on social media during the campaign when social enterprises across the UK will be telling stories of the impact they’re creating in their communities and around the world.

If you run or work for a social enterprise you can find out how to get involved in the campaign here.

Buy Social for a Better World is supported by:

  • What's a social enterprise?

    Understand what makes social enterprises different and how they're part of a movement that's making the world a better place. Read more

  • Where can I Buy Social?

    We've put together a list of places where you can buy from social enterprises in the UK, including certified SEUK members and retail outlets. Take a look and #BuySocial! Read more

  • AR campaign

    Caitlin Moran materialising in a menstrual cup? Michael Sheen appearing from a bottle of beer? Find out more about the AR campaign here. Read more