Social Value

Using our purchasing power to change lives and create positive social impact

As a leading group procurement organisation, we 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.

Working with Social Enterprises

we work with over 20 different social enterprises

A social enterprise is a business that is changing the world for the better. We work with a number of social enterprise providers including Change Please  – an award-winning social enterprise coffee company who are empowering homeless by training them to be baristas. So far we’ve supported 67 people out of homelessness.

We also work with Toast Ale, turning surplus bread into a ‘planet-saving beer’, Life Water building wells in third world countries and Miss Macaroon who work with unemployed young people to build confidence and skills to become work ready.

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Winning BIG at the CIPS Awards 2020

We’re incredibly proud to have our work with social enterprises recognised at the CIPS Excellence in Procurement Awards 2020, winning the title of 'Best Initiative to Deliver Social Value through Procurement'.

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Definition of a Social Enterprise

Just like traditional businesses, social enterprises sell goods or services. They also aim to make a profit. However, it’s what they do with their profit that sets them apart, reinvesting them back into a particular social mission.

There are now over 100,000 social enterprises in the UK, employing two million people and contributing £60bn to the UK economy. These numbers are growing fast and a large proportion of them operate in the business-to-business space.

Buy Social Corporate Challenge

In 2019, we became the first company in the food and drink sector to join the Buy Social Corporate Challenge. The Challenge brings together corporate partners from a broad range of industries with a collective ambition to spend £1 billion with social enterprises. 

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Our commitment to spend £5 million with social enterprises

We’re proud to have made a commitment to spend £5 million with UK social enterprises to incubate and support small suppliers who are giving back to communities and tackling wider social and environmental issues.

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Social enterprises are going to be essential for a successful future

 “We believe social enterprises are going to be essential for a successful future. Not just here in the UK but around the world. By working directly with social enterprise suppliers, we will be using our procurement spend and influence to support these businesses and in doing so, change lives for the better.”

Ian Murphy, Managing Director, Foodbuy