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What is Social Enterprise Procurement?

Social enterprise procurement is when a business or government chooses to buy goods and services from a social enterprise, purchasing what they already need and achieving positive community impact in the same transaction.

Social Traders works to deeply integrate social enterprises into business and government supply chains. Businesses are supported to build the systems, structures and internal culture to prepare them to buy from social enterprise, and social enterprises are certified and supported to strengthen their business model. 

Social Traders provides the only social enterprise certification in Australia. The certification process is designed to verify that the model behind a particular social enterprise really is all about creating social or environmental impact through trade, giving customers confidence about the outcomes they are supporting with their spend.

Social Traders also advocates for government policy to support social enterprise procurement.  

Read a social procurement story of success HERE!

For Queensland based social enterprises interested in certifying or in social procurement opportunities, eligible QSEC members are being offered a FREE initial term (min.12 months) on ST Certification (eligibility criteria apply). 

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Social Procurement Resources 

QSEC Resources

Social Traders Resources

University of Melbourne Micro Courses (intro video)

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