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26 September 2013 | Marino Donati
A guide to help businesses source from social enterprises has been launched.
The guide, produced by arc, Business in the Community's programme supporting social enterprises, includes key steps, tips and examples of businesses that have successfully opened up their procurement processes.
The report cites the benefits of sourcing from social enterprises, including greater corporate responsibility, the need to demonstrate social value, and more innovative and tailored solutions.
It also provides a snapshot of the current status of sourcing from social enterprises.
The guide, Buying from Social Enterprises: A Guide for Suppliers to Business, is based on a survey of chief procurement officers, representing a combined UK spend of £10.6 billion.
arc: building better business was begun in 2011 to connect social enterprises in the Olympic host boroughs with expert support from businesses. It has now expanded into 15 London boroughs.