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Construction Projects Create Social Value

Construction Projects Create Social Value

June 11, 2020

Martin Loosemore is Professor of Construction Management at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia.

He has published 10 books and over 300 internationally refereed articles in the areas of risk management, innovation, social procurement, social enterprise and corporate social responsibility.  His work has received numerous international awards. He serves on the international advisory committees and editorial boards of many leading internationally refereed journals and conferences.

Martin is the founding partner of a successful social business which specializes in securing work opportunities in the Australian construction and engineering industries for people who face barriers to employment.

In this Buy Social Canada Social Value Marketplace podcast, we explore the power and potential in the intersection of construction and social procurement. Martin has been integral to Connectivity Centres, centres associated with large building projects. These centres bring employment and third sector organizations into collaboration with construction companies to create social value.

Social Procurement is changing the construction industry in some countries by requiring social value creation, including social hiring, to be built into projects. Construction firms and civil society organizations alike have work to do to meet these new demands and opportunities. Relying on his experiences in Australia, Martin describes with great detail what works, what doesn’t, and how to proceed to what’s next.

Learn more about Martin here.

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Social Enterprise a Revolutionary Opportunity

Social Enterprise a Revolutionary Opportunity

June 11, 2020

Shaun Loney, author of A Beautiful Bailout, has been deeply engaged in more than 12 successful social enterprises. He has also been a senior civil servant. He has been walking the walk with social entrepreneurs for decades and offers cutting edge insights into an emerging social innovation revolution. Social enterprise and civil society organizations could find themselves in a newly powerful position to change our culture for the better and by far. Could they be at the centre of What’s Next?

In this provocative podcast conversation, Shaun takes aim at Indian Agents, offers kudos to intrepreneurs, calls for non-profits to 'get up from the kid's table,' for foundations to up their game, and for governments to let go and say 'yes' to saving money. 

The latest trends in social procurement, social finance, and social enterprise give life to breakthrough possibilities. They hold the promise of more deeply democratic and ennobling ways of being and working together. As we begin to consider post-pandemic restructuring we will find ways forward spoken of in this conversation.

To learn more about Shaun’s latest book visit www.beautifulbailout.com. To explore supports available to non-profits and social enterprises visit www.encompass.coop.

Chandos Construction a Leader in Social Procurement

Chandos Construction a Leader in Social Procurement

June 10, 2020

Chandos Construction is a 100 percent employee owned, 40-year-old construction firm operating in cities across Canada. It is also a Certified B Corporation and a leader in social hiring and social procurement. Tim Coldwell is president of the company. His story is a compelling one. He is Mohawk and self-identifies as having been a youth at risk.

In this episode of Buy Social Canada’s Social Value Marketplace podcast Tim shares his story of having found a new family in Chandos construction. From there we explore how this remarkable company practices social hiring and social procurement as a matter of course and intention. We discuss how social enterprises, firms like Chandos, municipalities, and the federal government are shaping a Social Value Marketplace that could take root as we look through and beyond COVID19.

You can learn more about Chandos Construction at www.chandos.com.

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Finding Purchase for Marketplace Revolution

Finding Purchase for Marketplace Revolution

June 9, 2020

All of government, business, institutions, and non-profit organizations are purchasers. Every purchase they make has economic, environmental, and social value-creation power.

Social procurement leverages their existing purchasing for social value. It is a way to redirect the world’s spending to the social value marketplace and so fuel healthy communities

SAP is the world market leader in enterprise application software. It helps companies of all sizes and in all industries run at their best. 77 per cent of the world’s transaction revenue touches an SAP system. SAP itself flows 24.7 billion euros in annual revenue, conducts business in 140 countries, and employs 101,150 people.

With more than five years of procurement experience and a bachelor’s degree in Sociology, Stephen Young is well placed as the global lead for SAPs Procurement with Purpose program.

The significance of SAP’s work and platforms to connect the world’s buyers to social-value producers, its partnership with Buy Social Canada and other such networks around the world, becomes apparent as our conversation unfolds.

In this episode of Buy Social Canada’s Social Value Marketplace podcast, Stephen explores an emerging global trend that could redirect existing and untold revenue into a Market Revolution.

Learn more about SAP here.

This podcast is brought to you by Buy Social Canada in collaboration with Axiom News. Learn more about Buy Social Canada through their website, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter

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Social Procurement a Game Changer for Cities

Social Procurement a Game Changer for Cities

June 9, 2020

David LePage has spent a lifetime building community. Almost 20 years ago he and a small group realized social procurement was an untapped motherlode of potential. Since then, he and his colleagues have been making steady progress in bringing the practice to life.

Social procurement has made it into the mandate letters of Canada’s federal ministries. Partnerships with the federal government in which federal funds are made available will require social procurement practices to be in place.

“Every purchase has an economic, environmental and social impact, whether intended or not. Social procurement is about capturing those impacts and seeking to make intentional positive contributions to both the local economy and the overall vibrancy of the community,” says David, managing partner of Buy Social Canada.

Social procurement is a way for cities, for example, to leverage their current spending for social gains. By including social goals in requests for proposals and other spending, cities, organizations, and companies become an all-important customer to social enterprises.

Social enterprises function in the marketplace but apply their revenues and ‘profits’ to the pursuit of their social goals, rather than for the distribution of profits to investors or owners. That difference enables them to be reasonably competitive in the marketplace while supplying work environments and opportunities suited to people who experience barriers to employment.

Cities for example, can leverage their current spending on everything from pencils and office supplies, catering to mattress recycling, landscaping to land stewardship.

As a result, social procurement makes it possible to directly address local problems and possibilities at a local level and with local money. Poverty, joblessness and underemployment, even homelessness can be addressed this way. Social determinants of health will all find a home in the partnership between social procurement and social and local enterprise.

This is a big deal.

Social procurement is straightforward but not necessarily simple. Purchasers have to add social and/or green goals to their purchasing requirements. Evaluation is needed. And, social enterprises require good governance, operations skills, the ability to deliver quality goods and services, as well as show they have the supports in place to ensure the success of the people working in them.

In this podcast conversation, David shares how ‘the light went on’ around social procurement, the winding road to overcoming hurdles, and the sure-footed steps that can be taken along the road to success. He also shares stories of how purchasers enjoy exercising new-found capacity to make a difference in their community through the great work they do every day. Calgary and Edmonton are leading the way. In British Columbia 21 municipalities are working together with social procurement as a strategy for rural economic development. David has noticed that women in leadership, some of whom are mayors and purchasers, are appearing at the leading edge of the social procurement movement.

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State of Social Economy in Canada and the World

State of Social Economy in Canada and the World

June 3, 2020

For over three decades Nancy Neamtan has been on the frontlines of the social economy movement in Quebec. Nancy served as CEO of Chantier de l’économie sociale from 1996 to 2015. She contributed to the creation of international networks in which she is recognized for her expertise.

In this Buy Social Canada Social Value Marketplace podcast, Nancy explores the history and state of social economy developments around the world and Canada in particular. Nancy speaks to what is happening, what the next steps are, as well as what she anticipates is possible in light of current realities. You can expect to better understand the rich soil in which social economy is growing and to be inspired by Nancy’s energy and enthusiasm for what is to come.

Nancy kicks off the Buy Social Canada Social Value Marketplace podcast series by making sense of where we have been, are, and where we could go on our journey to social economy.

Nancy is a member of the Order of Canada.

This podcast is brought to you by Buy Social Canada in collaboration with Axiom News. Learn more about Buy Social Canada through their website, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter

Visit this link to get your copy of Marketplace Revolution — from Concentrated Wealth to Community Capital by David Lepage. 

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