The Buy Social campaign by SEUK – have you seen it?
Ooooh, it’s a good’un.
It’s encouraging people to buy more from social enterprises, and I for one am diggin’ it!
And not just because it’s shining a light on all the brilliance of our country’s tenacious social entrepreneurs, but because it serves as a stark reminder that, if we are to effect change, we must first be the change.
So, let me ask you this, as a social enterprise yourself, how often do you buy from other socents?
Now listen, I’m in business myself; I know all about margins and I’m not going to skirt over the elephant in the room that social products aren’t necessarily the cheapest, but, when it comes to overall impact on a global scale, I think you know the true value.
So, let’s take this as a great opportunity to look at the purchasing and procurement decisions within your company.
Oh, have I lost you?
Of course not. You care deeply about this stuff.
Right, so let’s start with local buying.
There are probably more social enterprises in your area than you know, but really, if you yourself are wanting to be found, then it’s good practice to find others, too.
The Social Directory is brilliant place to start.
(Who knows, it could even spark up some collaboration opportunities!)
The great thing about the Social Directory is that you can search by category.
So, when it comes to renewing things like insurance, signs, promotional material, stationary, electricity, phones, marketing, legal advice etc. you can find what you need, and do a bleedin’ good social entrepreneur deed within a few clicks.
Now, we can’t talk about purchasing without procurement, and we can’t talk about that without looking at how our decisions affect and impact upon our environment.
So, here are the things to consider there:
- Reducing the amount of waste you produce
- Reducing what you consume – is it really necessary?
- Reusing where possible and buying reconditioned items rather than new
- Reducing your Carbon emissions
- Reducing plastic usage
- Your supply chain’s environmental impact
- The level of travel your staff do and what form of transport they use
- Using technology to reduce travelling where possible
- Water usage
Making good purchase and procurement decisions is fundamental to the chain of impact, and it’s our duty to pay our attention to it.
So, that said, I wholly encourage you to get in on SEUK’s campaign and join the force for good!