Working with social enterprises is a “no brainer” for procurement at Johnson & Johnson (J&J).
Timo Worrall, director of supplier social responsibility at J&J, said providing work for people from disadvantaged groups gave them a sense of self worth and the company got better results.
Speaking at the SAP Ariba Procurement Summit in London, Worrall said he was “looking at an organisation that employs autistic people to do software testing”.
“Cost is the same as the incumbent supplier but the results are better,” he said. “If we can get work for those people we can reduce societal impact and cost. They get the feeling of self worth, we get great product at a great price. It’s a no brainer. For those in the IT space, autism is a great one to look at.”
Worrall said J&J was working with 17 social enterprises, a “drop in the ocean”, and he suggested it would be good for SAP Ariba to develop a platform of vetted social enterprise suppliers.
He recommended buyers wishing to increase their work with social enterprises should look at tier two suppliers and link up with organisations such as Social Enterprise UK. “Get this stuff into your RFP and get your suppliers thinking about it,” he said.
“We can impact lives. It makes us feel good about what we do in procurement.
“We want to do good things. Employees will want to contribute to society.”
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