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
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.
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.
Diverse Supplier Highlight: Kwik Shred
This diverse supplier provides employment to adults with intellectual disabilities. Providing top notch document disposal services with confidentiality and care.