Why Join BCSPI?
Social procurement is becoming a best practice for purchasers. BCSPI membership provides local governments and institutional purchasers across British Columbia with the tools and expertise to turn their procurement dollars into achievable and measurable community benefits.
Local governments and other large institutional purchasers in British Columbia spend billions of dollars on a wide variety of goods and services each year. These institutions are exploring how and/or taking steps to align their broader policy objectives with their spending to achieve better value for money.
Purchasing goods and services from local businesses with social values, social enterprises and social purpose organizations can create immediate and measurable community impact by unlocking additional social value.
Members Have Access To:
- Professional development and training
- Templates, resources & examples
- Pre-recorded topic-specific webinars
- Expert consultation, advice and support
- Peer networking and community of practice
- Vendor and supplier outreach and engagement tools
- Communications and engagement resources
- Impact measurement and evaluation tools
What Members Are Saying
BCSPI members are mobilizing their spending to create additional social, environmental & ethical value.
By implementing social procurement practices, these local governments are ensuring that their existing purchasing is creating community value that contributes directly to the social and economic resiliency of their communities.
BCSPI Principles of Membership
BCSPI is made possible through a combination of funding and membership fees. Membership fees are based on community population size for local governments, or annual spend for institutional purchasers.
Other Resources for Organizations
Become a Buy Social Purchasing Partner
Buy Social Canada’s Purchasing Partners program recognizes your organization as a verified social purchaser, and enhances your marketing potential as a business that actively prioritizes social procurement and contributes to the social and environmental wellbeing of communities.
Guide to Social Procurement
This guidebook is an introduction to the why, what, and how of social procurement in Canada. It was developed by Buy Social Canada for several audiences: organizations taking the necessary steps towards social procurement implementation; others considering whether to or how to integrate social value into their current procurement practices; or simply those curious about social procurement more generally.