According to a new report released earlier this month, social procurement ought to be a key part of government process if social enterprises are to fulfill their missions. The study 'Finding Australia's Social Enterprise Sector 2016 ' was co-produced by the Centre for Social Impact and Social Traders Australia. The study built upon the original 2010 study which documented characteristics of Australian social enterprises, and explored the opportunities and challenges they face.
Whilst many local governments may already undertake some sort of social procurement when making purchasing decisions, the report found this is somewhat accidental. This had resulted in missed opportunities to grow enterprises in the sector. The report also found that Australia's policy and regulation around the growth of the social enterprise sector was somewhat limited as compared with other nations.
Australia's Social Enterprises are playing a substantial role in addressing social issues which were historically the role of government, however many social enterprises lacked the support needed in establishing and growing their enterprises. Social procurement may be key to supporting Australia's social enterprise sector to flourish.
Read the entire study online here.