Purchasing for people and planet
Our Mission is to support the grassroots growth of a social procurement ecosystem for the USA. We do this by bringing together business, government and institutional buyers and facilitating the purchase of their everyday goods and service needs from third-party verified social enterprise and fair-trade business sellers. We share knowledge, help educate, connect and share best practice in the United States and around the world.
City, State & National Seller Networks
Reporting & Forecasting
The United States is a unique country with differing state laws and no single business entity type for a social enterprise – it is also a country where grassroots impact work is strong and vibrant. When we founded Buy Social USA we wanted to support the local, regional and national ecosystems and provide a network of solutions to the barriers that could stand in the way of a thriving social procurement solution. For this reason we chose a network of networks approach.
Our Approach: Collaborative Ecosystem Builder
We follow a network-of-networks approach to support the local, regional and national ecosystems and provide a network of connected solutions to the barriers that could stand in the way of a thriving social procurement solution.
Network of diverse verified Social Enterprises
We are focused on expanding the network of enterprises in our database (Across more than 80 product/service categories) through more targeted outreach and partnerships.
Simplified access for social enterprises through closer collaboration with third party verification partners such as SEWF and Fair Trade Federation
Supplier searches for both the corporate and government sectors
Supplier searches for Compass Group, Food Buy, SAP, Compass
Diversified, Johnson & Johnson as well as more targeted searches for conferences and events.
The Catalyst 2030: Catalyst Business Commitment launch.
Commitments to discounted and pro-bono services, unrestricted funding and social procurement
engagement from the United
States' business sector.
Supporting access to regional and global opportunities
Development of a global logistics collaborative to enable social enterprises of all sizes to trade internationally and locally, make use of collective purchasing
discounts and other essential
elements for growing their enterprises.
Partnerships with TRANSFORM Support Hub, SEWF, Yunus
Social Business and others
Accelerating REAL Impact
Easing collaborations between the buyers and the sellers with targeted, customized research
A B2B Buy Social USA marketplace and database so that organizations of all size and type can purchase easily from verified social enterprises in the USA.
Partnerships and Community
Rapidly expanding partnerships with some long anticipated deployment of more coordinated, collaborative and success-focused programs.
A series of place-based and virtual Social Enterprise Seller Expo events across the country, held in partnership with other impact network partners.
Education and Training
Dedicated outreach to increase awareness about Social Enterprises and opportunities to make impact beyond CSR, ESG and DEI.
Development of courses on Impact Procurement for purchasing professionals at both the Introductory and Professional Certificate levels.
Infrastucture and Capacity
A wider range of capacity building opportunities for social enterprise business owners and leaders on
Global Logistics collaborative to include warehousing, fulfillment, manufacturing, freight & shipping and administrative