Social Procurement Australasia Forum & Expo

The recently formed Social Procurement Australasia network put on its first Social Procurement Forums in Melbourne and Sydney last month to mark the launch of the network. The SPA initiative aims to build awareness and encourage the effective adoption of social procurement as a tool to create social and economic impact.

In Melbourne, the Forum kicked off with a social enterprise supplier expo and breakfast showcasing social enterprise caterers. Both forums attracted a series of presenters from leading organisations, show casing examples and the nuts and bolts of putting social procurement into practice.

In launching the initiative, we ran the Victorian Social Procurement Forum and Social Enterprise Expo 2013 on 19 September. It included:

  • Meet and greet with a variety of leading Victorian social enterprise providers
  • Presentations from senior Local, State and private sector speakers on the developing role of social procurement in addressing key economic, social and employment challenges
  • Discussion with leading social procurement practitioners on practical approaches to building social procurement performance and results.

Slides from the day are available below:

Thanks also to our other speakers:

  • John Francis – Whittlesea City Council
  • Neil Birtchnell – Transfield Services
  • Mark Daniels – Social Traders
  • Simon Griffiths – Who Gives A Crap/Roll Model

In addition, we had a fantastic collection of social enterprises displaying their products and services, including caterers, graphic and web design, film production, packaging, maintenance, cleaning, nursery, and urban planning. Click here to see who attended and to contact suppliers. Social Enterprise Supplier Contacts