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Winter 2014: Does social procurement deliver social impact?

From the Editor When buyers use their purchasing power to achieve social outcomes beyond the products and services they require, they are undertaking social procurement. Social procurement is a strategic approach to procurement which allows organisations to achieve multiple outcomes through their procurement spend including: • The creation of employment for marginalised groups and those excluded from the labour market; and • Regenerating of local economies; and • Ensuring fair work practices in developing countries. … Continue reading

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Building social procurement readiness

Social Procurement in NSW: A Guide to Achieving Social Value through Public Sector Procurement Burkett I and Newman C (2012) SPAG The NSW Social Procurement Action Group (SPAG) came together in late 2011 with a specific agenda – to increase understanding and activity in the growing field of social procurement. Across NSW there were some exciting examples emerging, with Government at all levels using procurement as a strategic tool to drive social outcomes, particularly in … Continue reading

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The value of social procurement to Corporate Australia

Corporate Social Procurement in Australia Bonwick, M. and Daniels, M. (2014) Social Traders and The Faculty This piece of research is the first report of its kind in Australia and quite possibly in the world that seeks to specifically know more about corporate social procurement including what’s being done, how it’s being done, what the impediments are and how corporate social procurement (CSP) can be supported to grow. The report is timely in that it … Continue reading

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Legislation to support social procurement targets

Tackling poverty through public procurement Richard Macfarlane, with Anthony Collins Solicitors (2014) Joseph Rowntree Foundation The rise in interest in social procurement is international. In the financially austere environment facing the UK there is a need to find new ways of creating employment for the most marginalised. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation undertook research to understand the role of public procurement in creating employment opportunities for those that are currently outside of the labour market and … Continue reading

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The social impact of social procurement as a creator of employment for marginalised groups

Social Enterprise: making it work – a case for social procurement Mark Quinn, Charter Keck Cramer (2011) AMES Having looked at impact measurement for ‘local buy’ and Fairtrade social procurement, both of which have been heavily evaluated, we come to social procurement delivering employment to marginalised groups. A number of welfare and advocacy organisations have pointed to the value of increasing employability through social procurement but there is scant information available in that directly captures … Continue reading

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The social impact of Fairtrade social procurement

The Last Ten Years: A Comprehensive Review of the Literature on the Impact of Fairtrade Valerie Nelson and Barry Pound (2009) Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich With €2.9 billion euro p.a. spent on Fairtrade products in 2008, socially aware consumers and organisations are big business. Fairtrade seeks to eliminate exploitation from the supply chain and generate lasting benefits in the producer communities. Most of the understanding of the impact of Fairtrade comes through stories … Continue reading

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The social impact of ‘local- buy’ social procurement

The Multiplier Effect of Local Independent Business Ownership Jeff Milchen American Independent Business Alliance Measuring the impact of social procurement is obviously important. Whilst stories, intuition and outputs are enough for some to engage with social procurement, policy makers and government require more evidence. Due to the diversity of social procurement approaches, benefits and industries there is no universality in how and where the impact of social procurement has been measured. This web article and … Continue reading

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Defining Social Procurement

Purchasing social good(s): a definition and typology of social procurement Craig Furneaux & Jo Barraket (2014) Public Money & Management, 34:4, 265-272 Social procurement has gained attention in modern public management however, considerable differences exist in understanding what social procurement actually is. This confusion has inhibited the growth of social procurement internationally and in Australia. The term has multiple meanings which are all explored in this paper. Barraket and Furneaux identify that social procurement is … Continue reading

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Design Crusades: A Critical Reflection on Social Design

By Vera Sacchetti Sacchetti, V. Design Crusades: A Critical Reflection on Social Design, Unpublished MFA Thesis, School for Visual Arts, New York. I’d like to finish this review with some excerpts from a design writer and critic, Vera Sacchetti, who has recently completed an MFA in Design Criticism at the School for Visual Arts in New York (www.schoolofvisualarts.edu), writing a thesis entitled “Design Crusades: A Critical Reflection on Social Design”.  Though the thesis is not … Continue reading

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Prototyping and infrastructuring in design for social innovation

By Per‐Anders Hillgren, Anna Seravalli and Anders Emilson Hillgren, P., Seravalli, A., Emilson, A. (2011)  Prototyping and infrastructuring in design for social innovation, Co-Design, vol. 7, no. 3-4, September-December, pp.169-183 This article is written by three members of the Medea Living Labs, an innovation lab at Malmö in Sweden.  It draws connections between the predominantly Northern European and Scandanavian tradition of ‘participatory design’ and design for social innovation. The authors begin with an excellent synthesis … Continue reading

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