Project Overview

Social entrepreneurship is a driving force for sustainable business practices.

Our consortium includes the local, regional and national organisations with the highest potential to implement successful Buy Social strategies together with pioneers and leading international best practice players.
 
The Buy Social Europe B2B project is part of a global  movement, which revolves around a strong transnational dimension, built on top of an equally strong local/national focus of sustainable social procurement. 

For more than 10 years the Buy Social Movement has seen businesses, governments and consumers increasingly seeking out opportunities to buy from social enterprises and businesses with a social or environmental mission. Now movement pioneers and leading local, regional and national experts and practitioners in the field are joining forces to take the social procurement movement in Europe to the next level.

Project Overview

To Increase Knowledge

To Increase Knowledge

We want to build a strong business case for social procurement through various market analyses, mappings and data collection about social enterprises and procurement needs for mainstream business. Our aim is to convince more policymakers, funders and investors to make long-term strategic investments in the field of social procurement, thus accelerating the transition towards a more social economy.

To Give Visibility

To Give Visibility

Through campaigns, social media posts, newsletters, and platform/websites about Buy Social B2B, we raise awareness of the movement. The project also is creating best practices and case studies which not only provides visibility but also encourages registration for additional Social Enterprises, Mainstream Enterprises and partners to get involved and contribute to the project.

Encourage Cooperation

Encourage Cooperation

Between Mainstream Enterprises (ME) and Social Enterprises (SE), we want to encourage this transactional relationship through capacity building, mentoring and coaching from both the supply and demand sides. This will be facilitated through various coaching programs and matchmaking services at local, regional, national and international levels. 

Governance

Governance

The consortium’s set-up has been conceived to ensure efficiency both in terms of time and costs. The various levels of implementation are: a core group of internationally active Social Enterprise Support Organisations, nationally leading Social Enterprise Support Organisations (Euclid Network members), all best practice partners that are leaders and dissemination multipliers for the project.  In addition, this initiative has the support of an expert advisory board of recognised international organisations such as SAP, Zurich Insurance, the Social Enterprise World Forum and the Sustainable Procurement Pledge.

Coordinator:

EN will be responsible for the overall project management. It will oversee the partners’ activities as well as the overall progress of project implementation.

Management Committee:

The Management Committee consists of one member per partner organisation and is the main decision-making body. Through the representation of all partners, project coherence will be ensured. Meetings every month will provide time to assess progress while also being frequent enough to spot deviations and address them.

Work Package Leaders Group:

The Work Package Leaders groups consists of: Euclid Network - the European Social Enterprise Network, Social Enterprise UK, Yunus Social Business, Reach for Change, Social Enterprise NL, SEND Germany.

Impact Manager:

Yunus Social Business will provide the project’s impact management framework and monitoring.

Expert Advisory Board:

The Sustainable Procurement Pledge, Social Enterprise World Forum, SAP and Zurich Insurance.

Sustainability Manager:

Euclid Network will lead the work and activities to ensure sustainability beyond the lifetime of this project.

Quality Manager:

SEND Germany will provide qualified and certified quality management staff to perform this activity.