Social Enterprise UK

As a leading food procurement organisation we have an important role to play in the sustainability of our planet.

When we decide to buy social, we're helping to build a better world. That's why we're proud to be working with a number of social enterprises.

Social Enterprise UK (SEUK) are the leading global authority on social enterprise. In 2016, SEUK created the world's largest commitment to social procurement when they launched the Buy Social Corporate Challenge.

The Buy Social Corporate Challenge

In 2019, we became the first company in the food and drink sector to  join the Buy Social Corporate Challenge. This ground-breaking initiative sees high-profile businesses use their everyday spend to transform lives. The Challenge brings together corporate partners from a broad range of industries with a collective ambition to spend £1 billion with social enterprises.

When we decide to buy social, we’re helping to build a better world. Since joining the Challenge, we’ve spent over £2.1 million with over 20 different social enterprises.

As part of the Challenge, we’ve also made a number of commitments:

  • Amending our sourcing standards with the aim of striving for at least one social enterprise per food and drink category
  • Using our scale and leverage to identify suitable routes to market for social enterprises
  • Raising awareness of social enterprise amongst our people, suppliers and clients
  • Offering our expertise to social enterprises to help navigate the world of foodservice
  • Measuring our impact of buying social
  • Working with our team internationally to identify global opportunities for social enterprises

Working with social enterprises

Social enterprises are businesses that trade for a social purpose. We work with over 20 different social enterprise providers including Change Please – an award-winning social enterprise coffee company who are empowering homeless communities in six different countries by training them to be baristas. We work with Toast Ale, who turn unwanted bread into a ‘planet-saving beer’, Life Water who open wells in third world countries and Miss Macaroons who work with long-term unemployed young people to build their confidence and skills to become work ready.

We truly believe social enterprises are the future of business. We’re really proud to be using our procurement spend and influence to embed social value across the globe. 

 

Meet Our Partners