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.
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 £3.5 million with over 20 different social enterprises. We have also set our sights on achieving a £5million spend target with UK social enterprises that are giving back to communities and tackling wider social issues.
As part of the Challenge, we’ve also made a number of commitments:
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 that is empowering homeless communities in six different countries by training them to be baristas. We work with Toast Ale, who turns unwanted bread into a ‘planet-saving beer’, Life Water who opens 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.
Our social impact