June 18th, 2007 - News

Buying from social enterprises simple, effective and positive
What if I told you there was a way for the city of Vancouver to address its pressing social issues without raising taxes? And what if I added that it would have a nominal effect on the city budget?
It's quite simple.
The city purchases just about everything imaginable, from paper clips and dish towels to trucks and catering. Most of the companies producing these products operate with a traditional, profit-oriented model. While there is nothing wrong with making money, there are several businesses in Vancouver that offer goods and services at market rates and at the same time produce a host of positive social impacts. By buying more products from these socially motivated suppliers, the city could achieve a higher overall value without increasing costs.