Monday, January 31, 2005

Social Purchase Portals

SPP Canada: The gateway to a new way of doing business
January 31, 2005
By Nicole Zummach

"Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises."
- Demosthenes (384 BC - 322 BC)

Imagine your workplace had the opportunity to buy its office supplies from a local company that hired hard-to-employ people from within your community. Wouldn't you feel better about your purchases than if you were buying from a faceless corporation that had its head office in a different province or even a different country? What if a company that was also a nonprofit enterprise catered your next office party? Assuming all things were equal, most of us would probably want to do business with companies that have a positive impact within our own community. Of course, unless you already know about these companies, it can seem a lot easier to just flip through the phonebook to find someone. Enter the Social Purchasing Portal (SPP), a promising new initiative that helps connect businesses, nonprofits, and government with suppliers that provide a social impact along with their goods and services.

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