15 February 2016 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
Procurement teams should have an incentivised target to bring social enterprise businesses into their supply chains, delegates at a conference heard last week.
Colin Downie, partnership development director for office supplies social enterprise Wild Hearts, who was speaking at the 2016 Social Value Summit run by support services company Interserve and Social Enterprise UK in London, said that many companies were doing good work towards social value goals, but there was no real commitment.
Downie said: “I can list 10 companies over the last year who we have challenged for business and they don’t buy from us yet… They are doing some good things but there is an element of my day-to-day job that is a challenge because the leadership and the procurement are not necessarily joined up. Having targets for social enterprises would be an easy way to fix it.”
Tim Haywood, finance director at Interserve, said that while companies were carrying out good work in the field, a concept like having a target for bringing social enterprises businesses into supply chains was “the next stage of maturity”.
Haywood added: “The first stage is about having the intention and the second stage is about having targets.”