Overview of Social Procurement

What is Social Procurement?

Social procurement is a process whereby organizations meet their needs for goods or services while achieving value for money and generating benefits to the organization, the society and the economy, while minimizing damage to the environment.  It is about capturing those impacts and seeking to make intentional, positive contributions to both the broader economy and the overall vibrancy of the community.

The 4 pillars of Social Procurement: 

  • Supply Chain Diversity
  • AODA (Accessibilty for Ontarians with Disabilities Act)
  • Truth & Reconciliation
  • Sustainability

Are you a Diverse Supplier? Tell us, we're listening!

We've amassed an amazing list of Diverse Suppliers so far on the Diverse Suppliers page.

Diverse Suppliers

Not sure if you're a diverse supplier? Read the definition below. Still not sure? Email: buying@queensu.ca


Supply Chain Diversity - Diverse Suppliers

A diverse supplier is a business that is at least 51 percent owned, managed and controlled by members of equity-deserving communities or a social purpose enterprise.  Equity seeking communities include, but are not limited to, women, Indigenous peoples, veterans, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, newcomers and the LGBTQ+ community. Queen's is looking for ways to ensure these groups are aware of the opportunities available and able to participate, when they're qualified to do the work.


AODA (Accessibilty for Ontarians with Disabilities Act)

​​​​​​As per Ontario Regulation 191/11 made under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, Queen’s will incorporate accessibility criteria and features when procuring, goods, services and facilities, except where it is not practical to do so.


Truth & Reconciliation

Strategic Procurement Services is looking to increase the Indigenous supplier base by making sure advertising is broad and directed to all qualified suppliers.  Please let us know if there are advertising means available that would help us target this group.


Sustainability & Sustainable Procurement

Sustainable procurement takes into consideration other extrinsic elements and costs that involve environmental, social and economic impacts.

Sustainable Product Highlight: TerraCycle Recycling Programs


Strategic Procurement Services has negotiated special rates on select products to make it easy and cost-effective to collect and send hard-to-recycle items for processing.

Learn more about Sustainable Procurement

Diverse Supplier Highlight: Kwik Shred

Kwik Shred

This diverse supplier provides employment to adults with intellectual disabilities. Providing top notch document disposal services with confidentiality and care.

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