We aim to procure in a way that supports our other sustainability pillars – our employees, communities, clients and carbon management – as well as our business needs.
We became an official Social Enterprise Supporter of Social Enterprise UK, the national body for businesses with a social or environmental mission, in 2021. The biggest network of social enterprises in the UK champions their cause and works with businesses to help them embrace social enterprises and add social value. As a Social Enterprise Supporter, we pledge our support for social enterprises and for ‘buying social’, using our corporate buying power to support social enterprises and have a positive impact on society. We have set ourselves targets for integrating the services of at least two more social enterprises into our business in 2023. We are already working with a number of organisations including Community Wood Recycling, Fruitful Office and Hey Girls.
Powerday Foundation is also a certified member of Social Enterprise UK as part of their vast network of social enterprises.
Our focus on Scope 3 emissions in 2023 and going forward will drive our sustainable procurement strategy. We already operate assessment procedures that look at suppliers’ approach to quality, environment, health and safety, and their workforce, and maintain an approved supplier list. During 2023/24, we will be looking to progress towards setting a net zero target for our Scope 3 emissions as soon as we can credibly do so. We have already started a screening process to determine what is within scope. We are also focused on employee training to enable them to support our future sustainable procurement strategy and wider sustainability goals.
“With Scope 3 emissions a major priority for us in 2023, we will use our research around these value chain emissions as an opportunity to review supplier approaches to sustainability in general. We have strong, valued relationships with many of our supply chain and we expect very much to collaborate to meet our mutual business needs and sustainability goals, particularly our net zero carbon target.” Jim Craig, Joint Managing Director