This module examines one method of engaging in social procurement: Social purchasing of goods and services. This module takes a practical approach to incorporating social value into your organization’s existing procurement. It identifies barriers, dispels common misconceptions and examines multiple approaches to social purchasing that align with your organization’s values.
Why Social Procurement? Why do social procurement? This segment examines why we should shift current procurement practices and why the value created makes the shift worthwhile.
What is Social Purchasing? We look at a key method of social procurement and walk through the steps of how organizations can leverage a social value when buying goods and services.
Social Purchasing Policy Options: We look at examples of social purchasing policy from across Canada to demonstrate how both for profit and nonprofit organizations can buy socially. We also debunk misconceptions that social purchasing violates trade agreements and laws.
Social Purchasing Practices: We look at how some universities, companies, and governments have engaged in social purchasing demonstrating the myriad ways in which organizations can purchase socially.
Assessing Your Opportunities: We take a look at your organization’s mission, suppliers, and barriers to identify next steps for engaging in social purchasing.
Last Updated: February 15, 2019
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