SOCIAL PROCUREMENT 101
Buying everyday goods and services that benefit people and planet
Every purchase has an economic, environmental and social impact, whether intended or not. Social procurement is about capturing those impacts and seeking to make intentional positive contributions to both the local economy and the overall vibrancy of the community.
Buy Social USA believes that purchasing of goods and services, and major development and construction projects are much more than an economic transaction, much more than the construction of a physical structure, they are a means to build community capital, the foundation of a healthy community, contributing to a local communities social and economic goals.
BECOMING A BUYER
Looking for ways to make your business more relevant, improve return on investments and employee retention?
The social impact procurement model can make that happen. We enable your company to put social and environmental impact goods and services into your everyday business, non-profit and government supply chains. Buying from social impact businesses represents the greatest untapped potential in generating positive, sustainable social and environmental impact in our communities. We source our social impact sellers using the UN Sustainable Development Goals and other impact metrics as our guide and we work with your company to help you identify the impact you want to achieve and articulate it regularly to your stakeholders.
BECOMING A SELLER
Apply for your Social Enterprise Certification
USA Certified Social Enterprise accreditation was adapted from the Social Enterprise Mark to fit the varied legal entity types that can be social enterprises in the US. It is the only third party verified accreditation for social enterprises in the US.
Buy Social USA works alongside partner social enterprise Society Profits L3C to support verification of the supply chain. Click here to find out more about certification.