How we collaborated
Orbit approached Supply Change to help source a green welcome pack for Orbit Homes customers moving into their first home. As social procurement champions, Orbit wanted the gifts within the pack to be supplied by social enterprises but have environmentally friendly credentials too.
Using our network of social enterprise members, Supply Change researched and presented gift ideas to Orbit and managed the quotation process with suppliers from the beginning to point of purchase. The final products chosen for the packs included coffee from Change Please, who train and employ the ex-homeless, a desktop seed mix from Brand My Thingy to promote sustainable and active travel for children, and tea bags from Nemi Teas who provide employment to refugees.
Creating a social enterprise welcome pack for Orbit Homes
Supply Change partner, Orbit Group provide landlord services to over 45,000 properties and build around 1,500 quality new homes each year. Their aim is to ensure the homes they provide and the communities they create are high quality, affordable, safe and sustainable and really become a place to thrive. As an organisation they have recently launched their Orbit Earth agenda which recognises the importance of protecting the environment and acts in the protection of our planet.
What is social procurement?
Social procurement creates better outcomes for society, the environment and your business. It prioritises social and environmental outcomes alongside financial factors. Social supply chains include suppliers who deliver services and impact.
Social procurement is now part of UK Government legislation. £300 billion of expenditure must now include a social value evaluation. Leaders in the private sector are also adopting a similar strategy.