Below are a number of short case studies that show some of the partnerships that have been formed through the Buy Social Corporate Challenge, and the social impact that has been achieved as a result of these relationships.

From Babies With Love and Linklaters

From Babies with Love is a baby brand with a difference. Every penny of profit from their ethically sourced baby gifts goes to supporting orphaned and abandoned children around the world.

Their gifts speak to the powerful emotions new parents feel for the welfare of children. Rather than, for example, a bunch of flowers, the gifts are enjoyed over many months, reinforcing well wishes and appreciation from the employer, and through social impact also tangibly communicating people, procurement and community values. From Babies with Love’s social mission links people strategy with corporate responsibility in a new and relevant way, contributing to employee engagement, retention and diversity objectives.

Linklaters were one of the early adopters of From Babies with Love’s gift service and have helped the social enterprise to win business with other companies.

Wildhearts and Zurich

The Wildhearts Group launches companies which fund the delivery of entrepreneurship education and microfinance. Wildhearts Office offers 35,000 products, competitive prices, outstanding customer service and enables their customers to make a positive social impact, both at home and abroad, through purchasing their business supplies. Their business ethos continues through helping young people develop employable skills and gain work experience, providing apprentices and jobs through Micro-Tyco, a programme that helps to unleash entrepreneurial talent in schools, universities and companies.

Wildhearts has been working with Zurich since 2016, providing the insurer with their office supplies and consumables.  The firm is proud to be moving towards new products and offerings and the launch of Wildhearts Horizon delivers an offsite storage and document management service.

Wildhearts is a great brand by itself and has worked with a large number of Buy Social Corporate Challenge partners. The social enterprise has a growing number of corporate clients in different sectors and credibility is built with new customers when they see the Zurich name on their list of existing customers.

Recycling Lives and Wates

Recycling Lives is a unique social business using its commercial operations - in recycling and waste management - to support and sustain charitable programmes. It is a nationwide recycling operation processing scrap metal, construction waste, general waste, end-of-life vehicles and waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) for major businesses, including Wates Group. It manages the waste process from beginning to end, sourcing and removing waste streams, processing and recycling it through its industry-leading machinery, then exporting materials and reporting for compliance needs.

As a preferred supplier to Wates Recycling Lives works on over 90 sites nationwide, handling their skips, bins, hazardous waste and sweeper hire requirements. The provider is unique in using recycling operations to create social value in three ways – an offender rehabilitation programme which operates in a number of prisons, a programme which supports homeless men and a programme which diverts food from landfill by delivering meals to community groups.

Recycling Lives work for Wates Group has also helped it to develop new relationships and contracts with others in the construction industry, such as Robertson Group and Willmott Dixon.

Blue Sky Development (now part of Forward Trust) and Amey

Blue Sky creates jobs for ex-offenders in both the public and private sectors by directly employing ex-offenders for up to 6 months, providing vocational training and employability courses and supporting ex-offenders through peer guidance, loans, and training grants. Many of the firm’s full-time staff are reformed ex-offenders who now work to help reform the lives of those still in the criminal justice system. For each ex-offender employed for 6 months, Blue Sky estimates they save the public purse an average of £18,600.

Blue Sky works across a range of industries and has a very well-established relationship with one of the largest infrastructure and support services companies in the UK, Amey plc. There has been very high engagement from senior level staff from Amey to understand the impact that is taking place at Blue Sky.

Attigo and Johnson & Johnson

Attigo is a creative healthcare digital agency that works with pharmaceutical and medical companies facilitating their various requirements ranging from digital work to roadshows. The firm’s main social aim is to employ people who may be at a disadvantage in the labour market because of their long-term health condition, including people with lived experience of mental health issues. They are committed to ensuring that their working environment promotes the mental health and wellbeing of employees, clients, and visitors.

Attigo was founded in response to Johnson & Johnson (J&J) expressing a strong desire to work with social enterprises. The Mednet Group had already been working with J&J for more than 10 years and it seemed only logical for them to create a separate entity to deliver this requirement and in so doing create significant social value. The partnership with J&J has also enabled Attigo to start developing relationships with other pharmaceutical companies to win more contracts.

Mediorite and PwC

Mediorite is an award-winning creative agency that uses video and photography to create powerful stories that connect audiences with brands and causes. High-profile clients such as PwC, The Children’s Society and Goodyear Tyres work with them because they are fast, flexible and focused on compelling storytelling.

As a social enterprise, Mediorite make a social impact by providing training and opportunities for young people from diverse backgrounds to gain experience in the creative industry. Their high quality and affordable film and photography services are produced by award-winning creatives, assisted by young people. The experience gained by working with PwC has helped Mediorite to expand into more complex areas of film. It has also helped them to win work with other corporate clients, and to continue to create training and employment opportunities for young people.

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