Case study: Responsible Procurement - An essential business practice
Supplier diversity is important to Telereal Trillium and since 2012, we have actively focussed on supporting wider supplier diversity in the UK by increasing our involvement in the social enterprise and SME sectors.
The overall aims set-out in our Sustainable Procurement programme are to source SME suppliers and products that strike a responsible balance between social, economic and environmental factors, and to help social enterprises do business with large corporates.
Our activities include holding workshops and roundtables to help social enterprises better understand how to access and sell to large corporates; presenting to procurement professionals to promote the social enterprise sector; being an active member of the working party that led to the ‘Buy Social Directory’, increasing the visibility of the sector and hence sales opportunities; and attending and running networking events to grow business within the social enterprise sector.
In March 2015, we were honoured to receive the ‘We Buy Social’ accreditation from Social Enterprise UK acknowledging Telereal Trillium’s commitment to socially responsible procurement.
Telereal Trillium were shortlisted as a finalist in the Lord Mayor's Dragon Awards in June 2015, for it's sustainable procurement programme - supporting the Third Sector and supplier diversity.