Kier has partnered with Supply Change, a social enterprise that will connect Kier with suppliers that are also social enterprises, allowing it to procure quality goods and services while making a positive impact.
Last year, Supply Change rediverted £220,000 of spend to social enterprises and during the first 12 months of the partnership, Kier will work with Supply Change to remove the barriers for social enterprises to work with it, such as tendering and onboarding processes. Kier will also help to grow the Supply Change database of social enterprises and in doing so will promote a more inclusive supply chain with demonstrable, credible and transparent benefits for the local communities it works in.
Jamie McKechnie, Kier Group procurement director, said: "Kier has a proud history of working with local communities including social enterprises and to further expand our sustainable procurement strategy Kier has partnered with Supply Change.
"Supply Change's vision is a world where goods and services are procured with social and environmental value at their centre and this is fully aligned with our Building for a Sustainable World framework. We are looking forward to working with the Supply Change team to create new opportunities for social enterprises across the UK and supporting the growth of its own business."
Beth Pilgrim, co-founder and CEO at Supply Change, said: "Procuring from social enterprises has the power to create real, lasting social and environmental change. We're proud to be partnering with Kier to help it connect with more social enterprise suppliers and create a supply chain that reflects its values as a business."
In 2020, Supply Change made NatWest’s SE100 Top 25 Trailblazing Newcomers list and its work will help Kier to achieve its sustainable procurement goals, which is one of the ten elements of Kier’s Building for a Sustainable World framework. By procuring through social enterprises, Kier is providing economic benefit to the communities it works in, as well as delivering on its social sustainability purpose of tackling inequalities by giving individuals and communities the tools and opportunities to create brighter futures.