New Zealand is one of the premier supporters of Social Procurement, a government lead strategy that focuses on social, economic and business goals reflected in a nation’s federal buying strategy. Social procurement involves using procurement strategies and processes to generate positive outcomes in addition to the delivery of efficient goods, services and works.

Last month, the country held its first ever social procurement conference connecting subject matter experts with public sector employees looking to learn more about the program.  The overall goal of the conference is to help New Zealand “create quality and sustainable employment and enterprise opportunities which in turn creates shared prosperity.”

Other countries that utilize social procurement in their government purchasing departments include Canada and Australia.  Event speakers and participants included  ArcBlue Director Chris Newman, Supply Nation CEO Laura Berry, and the Minister of Māori Development and Local Government, Hon Nanaia Mahuta