Cumberland’s social impact purchasing a first in B.C.

The Village of Cumberland has passed a motion to implement social impact purchasing, making the Village the first municipality in B.C. to leverage spending to improve social outcomes in the community.

“Council is aware of the positive impact we can make through our purchasing practices,” said Mayor Leslie Baird. “That’s why we included social procurement purchasing as a strategic priority for the municipality, and why we’ve approved the Social Procurement Framework.”

By passing the framework, the Village is working to build a stronger local economy, to increase diversity among government suppliers, and to improve access for micro, small business and social enterprises to government contracts.

“Council spends $5,000,000 annually,” said Coun. Jesse Ketler, who will represent the Village at a presentation on social procurement during the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) Conference in September. “We want to maximize returns for taxpayers by better aligning this spending with community values and strategic priorities.”

To help forward the strategy, the Village engaged the help of Valley resident Sandra Hamilton, an expert in social procurement who works with municipalities to strategically align purchasing with local objectives while working within the confines of trade agreements.

The former business manager to Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics CEO John Furlong, Hamilton has seen first-hand how social procurement can have a positive effect on a community.

“The floral contract for the 2010 Olympic Games included something called a Community Benefit Clause,” she said. “The winning bid would not only offer a competitive price and supplier capability but would also commit to train women from the Downtown Eastside as florists. It was a pivotal moment for me; I realized procurement had the power to change lives.”

Hamilton will discuss social procurement and economic development Sept. 24 at UBCM. The topic also will be discussed at a Localizing Prosperity event hosted by WeAreYQQ and the CV Chamber of Commerce, Sept. 28 and 29.

 

Just Posted

Cycle tour for African Grandmothers coming through the Comox Valley

On Sept. 6, 35 women, aged between 56 and 75, will be… Continue reading

Ferries employees participating in Denman Island cleanup for plastic-shedding ferry

The cleanup comes a few weeks after one organized by residents of the Island

Gallery accepting applications for Youth Media Project

The Comox Valley Art Gallery is accepting applications for the Youth Media… Continue reading

Ribfest returning to the Comox Valley

It’s fast approaching—the fifth annual Comox Valley Ribfest takes place from Friday,… Continue reading

QUIZ: How much do you remember about Woodstock?

Weekend music festival in Bethel, New York, was held 50 years ago

U16 B.C. fastpitch team named national champs

Girls went undefeated at national tournament in Calgary

PHOTOS: Cumberland Wild embraces diverse musical talents

Day 1 of the two-day music festival took place Saturday

Advocates ‘internationalize’ the fight to free Raif Badawi from Saudi prison

Raif Badawi was arrested on June 17, 2012, and was later sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail for his online criticism of Saudi clerics

Canadian entrepreneurs turning beer byproduct into bread, cookies and profits

Some breweries turn to entrepreneurs looking to turn spent grain into treats for people and their pets

Canada ‘disappointed’ terror suspect’s British citizenship revoked

Jack Letts, who was dubbed “Jihadi Jack” by the U.K. media, has been detained in a Kurdish prison for about two years

Chrystia Freeland condemns violence in Hong Kong, backs right to peaceful assembly

There have been months of protests in the semi-autonomous region

Most Read