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.
Supply Chain Advice
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.
City, State & National Seller Networks
Reporting & Forecasting
MEET THE TEAM
Eric Lombardi has been working at the cutting-edge of the Zero Waste and Social Enterprise Movements across the world since the mid-90’s. His working mission has been to transform the waste management industry into a “resource management” industry. Eric was a national spokesperson for the first Zero Waste organisation in the U.S.A. (1997) and was a co-founder of the Zero Waste International Alliance (2002). Eric was invited to the Clinton White House in 1998 as one of the Top 100 USA Recyclers and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Colorado Association For Recycling. From 1989-2014, he grew a small nonprofit into the largest zero waste social enterprise in the U.S.A. Eric is now the President of Buy Social USA and an Associate of the Social Enterprise World Forum.
Rebecca focuses her work on building networks of accredited social impact businesses selling goods and services to companies across the U.S. Prior to her work in the U.S., Rebecca created social enterprises that engaged in social procurement contracting in the United Kingdom. She is a member of the Social Enterprise Alliance and American Sustainable Business Network and teaches social enterprise business design to students across the globe.
Dr. Amanda Kiessel
Amanda is co-founder of Good Market, a curated community of social enterprises, cooperatives, responsible businesses, voluntary organizations and changemakers. Amanda has a PhD in Environmental Studies, a Masters in Sustainable International Development, and a degree in Biology with a specialty in ecotoxicology. Before Good Market, she spent 15 years in Asia working with local organisations on agroecology and sustainable food systems, organizational change, and social enterprise development. Amanda is an Ashoka Fellow.