Consider social procurement

When buying for Queensland Government, consider how you can help advance the government's economic, environmental and social objectives.

Social procurement means using the government's purchasing power to generate social benefits, particularly employment. You are required under the Queensland Procurement Policy to use your best endeavours to do business with ethically, environmentally and socially responsible suppliers.

Access the Social Traders portal

To find certified social enterprises, you can access the Social Traders portal.

Benefits of social procurement

  • Creates job and employment opportunities through smarter procurement processes, targeted clauses and specifications in contracts, and better informed government buyers.
  • Addresses complex local challenges.
  • Promotes fair and ethical trade.
  • Enhances social inclusion, giving vulnerable groups the opportunity to participate in the community and the economy.
  • Increases supplier diversity by engaging small-to-medium businesses and social enterprises to play a larger role in delivery of government contracts.

What to consider when buying

  • Ensure social procurement forms part of your procurement objectives.
  • Before buying, seek advice from Queensland Government Procurement, your legal team, and organisations established to support social benefit providers.
  • Make sure social procurement clauses in tenders or contracts are proportional—make it achievable for suppliers to fulfil their social benefit obligations.

How to achieve social procurement

Here are some of the many effective ways to include social benefits when buying for government.

  • Buy from social enterprises (refer to organisations listed below).
  • Include social clauses in tenders and contracts—ask that a portion of work be completed by a social enterprise, or require mainstream suppliers to deliver social benefits such as employment opportunities for vulnerable jobseekers.
  • Consider the local community you are buying for—how could you make a positive difference through your choice of supplier?
  • Purchase fair trade products.
  • Seek out organisations that provide employment to vulnerable Queenslanders; for example, organisations that provide opportunities for people with a disability.

Understanding social procurement

This animated video highlights how there is always an opportunity for government buyers to undertake social procurement.

Social procurement buyer toolkit

Social procurement in action


Associations and organisations

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