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The Social Procurement Intermediary: The State of the Art & its Development in the GTHA

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The Social Procurement Intermediary: The State of the Art & its Development in the GTHA

The Learning Enrichment Foundation has released a research-based report that critically examines the state of social procurement in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), through the lens of global social procurement movements. Researchers Cameron Revington, Robyn Hoogendam and Andrew Holeton specifically study the potential role of a social procurement intermediary – a broker or matchmaker between suppliers and purchasers. How might social purchasing progress if there were an intermediary connecting the purchasing power of businesses, governments and nonprofit organizations with the productivity of social enterprises in the GTHA?

 

The findings show that social procurement intermediaries in other parts of the globe increase opportunities for social enterprises to engage in larger contracts and tenders. They also increase the visibility of the social enterprise sector. The report maps out the features that are essential in an intermediary. Finally, the report identifies challenges relating directly to the social procurement intermediary and the local sphere
in which the intermediary would operate, and makes recommendations to address them. The issues and considerations identified are specific to the GTHA but have transferable learning to others studying similar goals.

This report was made possible by the generous support of the George C. Metcalf Foundation’s Inclusive Local Economies program.

Full Report

Executive Summary

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Thriving or Surviving – Social Enterprises in the GTA

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Thriving or Surviving – Social Enterprises in the GTA

This is a comprehensive study on social enterprises in the Greater Toronto Area. The research covers key areas of interest to social enterprises practitioners, including marketing practices, an overview of food-based enterprises and opportunities for collaboration, and start up stories.

The study findings are based on in-depth surveys of 32 social enterprises in the GTA. This initiative was designed to deliver practical findings and facilitate actions to strengthen the work of the sector.

To read the report, please click on the individual section of the report. The full report is also available below to read or download.

Executive Summary – Provides the key survey findings

Introduction – Describes overview of social enterprise sector, research initiatives, definition of a social enterprise, methodology, process, and comments on results

Setting the Context – Includes analysis on age, mission, business sector, population served, desired outcomes, business planning, and growth needs

Marketing Practices – Includes analysis of marketing goals, budget, marketing/communications planning, utilized tools, competition and customers, and best practices.

Food-based Enterprises – Includes analysis on employees and participants, skills training, business operations, growth needs, and collaboration opportunities

Start-up Stories – Includes discussion on key people who started and/or took the social enterprise off the ground, funding and growth challenges, and needed types of support

 

Full Report – Entire 79 page report (includes all of the above sections)

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