Social Procurement: The Opportunity for Suppliers
Social procurement is emerging across Canada as a powerful tool for building healthy communities.
Local governments, First Nations, universities, colleges, public schools and hospitals on Vancouver Island purchase over $1.5 billion of goods and services each year. These institutions are exploring how and/or taking steps to align their broader policy objectives with their spending to achieve better value for money.
Businesses with social values, social enterprises and social purpose organizations can respond to this growing demand for social value in purchasing.
- Food services, information technology, construction and facilities and maintenance represent the most common areas of spending where social and community benefit criteria are currently applied.
- The most common social benefit provided by contractors is employment and training opportunities for disadvantaged populations, including youth, aboriginal populations and persons with disabilities.
Current Supplier Opportunity - South Island
The City of Victoria is requesting information from Suppliers, Contractors, and Consultants wishing to identify social value elements of their business to develop a Social Value Supplier Directory. As CCSPI members look to connect their procurement spending to local community benefit, there is an interest in identifying social enterprises, social purpose businesses and vendors that are intentionally delivering environmental, community and social benefits.
The purpose of this RFI is to develop a directory that CCSPI members can access when making direct award, under threshold purchase decisions, and social value vendor engagement.
This directory will inform local governments across Vancouver Island and the Coast region of vendors whose practices align with their goals.
Please note: The City is using BonfireHub public portal for the submission process. Please contact Bonfire at https://victoria.bonfirehub.ca/portal/support for technical questions related to submitting your documents.
Accompanying Information Session for Suppliers
CCSPI and the City of Victoria hosted an accompanying informational webinar on June 29, 2020.
Access a recording of the webinar by clicking below:
Social Procurement Resources for Suppliers
SUPER (Social Procurement Supplier Readiness) is a suite of tools, resources and training to elevate the capacity of social enterprises and social purpose organizations to access procurement opportunities.
The materials will be free and open source to elevate the capacity of social enterprises and social purpose organizations to access procurement opportunities and contracts that provide the revenue to increase their social value creation. The project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Social Development Partnerships Program.
Sign Up For Training or Host a Supplier Session
CCSPI offers a variety of training opportunities from introductory sessions to more in-depth learning and non-members are welcome to participate at cost.
CCSPI also offers supplier-specific presentation sessions for members, local chambers and economic development organizations. If you are interested in hosting a presentation for suppliers in your area please contact us.
Social Enterprise Certification
Buy Social Canada’s third-party certification program recognizes your organization as a verified social enterprise, and enhances your marketing potential as a business that actively prioritizes community benefits and social impact over private profit and shareholder returns.