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Social Enterprise Business Centre Promotes Responsible Procurement

Social Enterprise Business Centre Promotes Responsible Procurement

Recently, social responsibility is gaining importance in society. Many corporates take social value into account in their procurement process and even set up or adjust its own responsible procurement policy. Yet, the policies of certain companies are limited to environmental protection. Therefore, responsible procurement is not commonly formulated in Hong Kong.


Tips on Responsible Procurement

The idea of responsible 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 responsible procurement, we have published “Responsible Procurement News” quarterly to provide tips and primary direction on responsible procurement. The news can help enterprises to put responsible procurement into practice.


Distance Business Programme Opens for Social Enterprises’ Application (Has been closed for application)

Under the Anti-Epidemic Fund, the Innovation and Technology Commission has launched the Distance Business Programme (the D-Biz Programme) to support enterprises to adopt IT solutions to continue their business and services during the epidemic. The Hong Kong Productivity Council is the Secretariat of the Programme.

All private enterprises (excluding listed companies, statutory bodies and non-government organisations (NGOs) funded by the Government) with a valid Business Registration Certificate, with ongoing business in Hong Kong commenced before 1 January 2020 and substantive business operation in the industry related to the project in the application at the time of application are eligible to apply.  For social enterprises which do not have Business Registration Certificate, they can submit a Social Enterprises Certificate issued by the HKCSS under the D-Biz Programme, in lieu of a Business Registration Certificate.


Anti-epidemic Fund - Retail Sector Subsidy Scheme Opens for Social Enterprises’ Application (Has been closed for application)

To provide relief to retailers to tide over their financial difficulties arising from the epidemic, the Government has established a HK$ 5.6 billion “Retail Sector Subsidy Scheme” under the “Anti-epidemic Fund”.  Under the Scheme, a one-off subsidy of HK$80,000 will be provided to each eligible retail store, subject to a ceiling of HK$3 million for retail stores under the same organization.

Retail store of social enterprises can apply for the Scheme through Social Enterprise Business Centre (SEBC) of the Council. Two e-briefing sessions will be organized to help applicants understand the programme details.  Details of application and briefing sessions are as follows.