Foodbuy, a leading food procurement organisation, has extended its membership of Social Enterprise UK’s Buy Social Corporate Challenge – a ground-breaking initiative that sees high-profile businesses use their everyday spend to transform lives.
The Challenge, launched in 2016, brings together corporate partners from a broad range of industries with a collective ambition to spend £1 billion with social enterprise suppliers.
Foodbuy became the first food and drink company to join the Buy Social Corporate Challenge in 2019 and has now reinforced its commitment for a minimum of three further years. Foodbuy has also had its work recognised on a global scale by winning the ‘Best Social Value Initiative’ at the 2020 CIPS Excellence in Procurement Awards.
As well as extending its membership for three years, Foodbuy has set its sights on achieving a £5million spend target with UK social enterprises who are giving back to communities and tackling wider social issues. Since joining the Challenge in 2019, Foodbuy has spent more than £3.5million with over 20 different social enterprise businesses, including Change Please – an award-winning social enterprise coffee company who are empowering the homeless by training them to be baristas. Thanks to its work with Change Please, Foodbuy and its clients have supported over 60 people out of homelessness.
Ian Murphy, Managing Director, Foodbuy said: “When we decide to buy social, we’re helping to build a better world. That’s why we’re proud to be supporting a number of different social enterprise businesses. We use our scale and leverage to embed real, tangible social impact across the supply chain and are well on the way to exceeding our £5million spend target.”
Andy Daly, Head of Corporate Partnerships at Social Enterprise UK added: “In their first year on the Buy Social Corporate Challenge, Foodbuy achieved so much, showing that it really isn’t difficult to find high-quality social enterprise suppliers to serve the corporate market. It’s great to see that the ambition is there to take it to the next level, and we hope this also inspires other businesses to become part of the buy social movement.”
During the Covid-19 lockdown period, Foodbuy sent care packages to its employees with a host of different social enterprise goodies and treats to enjoy with their families. Products and brands inside the care packages included Miss Macaroon, Toast Ale, Nemi Tea, Karma Drinks, Divine Chocolate, Rubies in the Rubble and many more.