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Corporate Challenge

Social value through procurement

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What is the Corporate Challenge?

The Corporate Challenge is a simple initiative with a bold ambition: to bring a group of high-profile businesses to collectively spend £1 million with Scottish social enterprises through their supply chain.

The premise is straightforward – if businesses need to spend money on products and services, why not spend it with local social enterprise organisations that deliver positive social or environmental change and reinvest their profits into supporting Scottish communities?

As part of this work we have commissioned independent research to collect information regarding current purchasing practices within the private, public and third sector. The survey takes just 10 mins and will inform this work moving forwards. The link to the short survey is given below.

Get in touch with naomi.johnson@socialenterprise.scot to express your interest and find out more.

Complete our social value in procurement survey

The Corporate Challenge will do the following:

• Work with 10 key corporate partners who commit to considering potential social enterprise suppliers across Scotland as part of their supply chain.

• Gather insightful feedback and information to aid future procurement and social enterprise development through our Corporate Challenge research work.

• Develop an online resource for B2B products and services including research, case studies and a directory of products and services.

• Deliver a Corporate Challenge bootcamp, working with partners, to provide support to social enterprises interested in B2B delivery.

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Why you should get involved:

The Deloitte Millennials Survey 2020 points to key changing attitudes that will shape the future of business. Growing interest in environmental and social impact by investors, staff and consumers means that companies that do business in a way that take into account ethical, local, and social concerns will be more attractive and find it easier to attract and maintain talent.

The Buy Social Scotland Corporate Challenge, backed by the Scottish Government, recognises the huge role supply chains play in the impact that big businesses have on society. It aims to make it easier for corporate businesses, the public sector and SMEs to engage with a range of innovative suppliers and to embed corporate responsibility and diversity into their core operations, while helping high-performing social enterprise suppliers to grow their revenues and impact by tapping into the purchasing power of more businesses across Scotland.

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