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, highlighting examples and the nuts and bolts of putting social procurement into practice. To see the presentations and photos from the forums, see the summaries for Melbourne and Sydney.
The founding members of SPA are: Social Traders, ArcBlue, ECO-Buy, City of Port Phillip, Knode, Landell, Municipal Association of Victoria and Local Government Procurement.
Take a look at the new SPA website, which includes resources and case studies to drive social outcomes through procurement policy and practice.