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Highlights from the Online Buy Social Event

Last Tuesday, June 30th the Online Buy Social Event took place: 12 social entrepreneurs pitched their sustainable and inclusive proposition. Their audience consisted of  CSR and Procurement professionals of various (international) organisations who joined them on a livestream.

Ready to make an  impact

The trend to create impact and to give something back to society is increasing, taking responsibility in terms of planet and people is supported by more and more organisations. For this reason the Municipality of Amsterdam (Amsterdam Impact and amsterdam inbusiness) and Buy Social (powered by Social Enterprise NL) brought international companies and social enterprises together to discover the benefits of responsible procurement. Buy Social gives a stage to social enterprises’ offer which enables organisations to discover how buying from social enterprises can contribute to their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) goals. Among many other enthusiastic companies: PwC Nederland, Sociaal Werkkoepel Amsterdam, Abbott Healthcare Products, Danone, Ben & Jerry’s and Senza Zorg were represented in the audience.

Variety of pitches

The Online Buy Social Event staged various social entrepreneurs with inspiring and innovative business models. For instance, Maud de Vries, co-founder of BYCS, told about how their cycling promotion programs contributes to 14  of the 17 SDG’s. Jack Stuifbergen explained how they make maximum impact with facility service Breedweer: “We combine the importance of cleaning with jobs for people from a vulnerable position”. Other sustainable and inclusive procurement opportunities were pitched by: Luke James (Fairphone), Laurens Nolet (Roetz-Bikes), Jos van Beuningen (The Flower Family), Daf Dubbelman (KRNWTR), Maria Nguyen (CRE8), Michel Zevenhoven  (Amsterdam Underground), Marius Smit (Plastic Whale), Sonia Vidal (Kunstuitleen Beelden Gesproken), Lara Alma (Gosling Coffee) and Ruben Havertz (ZustainaBox).  

Lessons learned and connections made

Social enterprise Makers Unite and Ben & Jerry’s shared their lessons learned about their partnership. They joined their knowledge and skills in designing and producing the sustainable collection: ‘Meet me Halfway’. Thami Schweichler (Makers Unite) & Anna Sandgren (Ben & Jerry’s) on why they started this collaboration: “In this process we did not only create professional chances for newcomers, but also change the rhetoric about immigration and provide a perspective of inclusion”.

At the end of the event, all attendees were invited to find their match by filling in a special matching form. This helped us to make a lot of connections and we are eager to hear what inspiring projects and collaborations come out of it!

We want the thank everyone that attended the event, and wish you great collaborations. Keep us posted, we are looking forward to many future best practices!

Many thanks to all who helped make this event a success, with a special shoot out  to our partner Egon van Wees (Amsterdam Impact), and to Lotte Sonnevelt and Vincent van Triest (Impact Hub


Want to know more about making positive impact through responsible purchasing? Read the Buy Social Report 2019: Excelleren in MVO en MVI door in te kopen bij sociale ondernemingen (in Dutch).

Picture taken by: Amsterdam Impact

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