Social Enterprise Business Centre

SE Promotion

Tips on Responsible Procurement

The idea of social procurement has not been popularized in Hong Kong yet. Usually, only large enterprises have such relevant procurement policies. In order to improve the public’s understanding of social procurement, we have published “Responsible Procurement News” quarterly to provide tips and primary direction on social procurement. The news can help enterprises to put social procurement into practice.

  1. How does social procurement help with fulfilling social responsibility?
  2. What kind of goods or services can enterprises obtain from social enterprises?

How does social procurement help with fulfilling social responsibility?

A social enterprise, generally speaking, is a business that targets at a specific social mission. It attempts to solve social problems by commercial means. Maximising profit for the shareholders is not its primary target, while its profit will be principally re-invested in the business to create wider social impact.  Therefore, social procurement can support a sustainable operation of the social enterprises. Thereby achieving diverse social goals and missions.

What kind of goods or services can enterprises obtain from social enterprises?

According to a survey conducted by our center, over 50% of the interviewees (company/ organization) think social enterprises cannot provide goods or services they need. Therefore, they will not consider social enterprises when it comes to procurement.

In fact, other than gifts services, social enterprise can also provide services like office & building cleaning, moving & relocation, designing & production, packaging, performing, accounting& auditing, and also vocational training and team building.  These kinds of services are suitable for different companies.

Companies can use the online search engine of SE Directory to know more about the content and the variety of goods and services, thus consider procuring from social enterprises. Through filtering categories of “Business Nature” , “Social Missions” or typing keywords, available enterprises and their information will immediately list.