Sodexo and Nestlé commit to the Buy Social Corporate Challenge

Run by Social Business UK, the Buy Public Corporate Challenge includes corporate partners from the range of industrial sectors with a collective ambition to invest £1 billion on sociable enterprises.

THE TASK helps sociable enterprises grow their effect and revenues by experiencing corporate supply chains. Social enterprises reinvest profit or donate them with their local communities to generate positive social change. This enables them to tackle social problems, improve people’s life chances and offer employment and training opportunities for marginalised communities.

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Sodexo been employed by together for seven years, with Sodexo providing catering and integrated facilities management services at 14 Nestlé sites in the Ireland and UK.

Sodexo includes a past history of partnering with social enterprises, with 130 currently found in its supply chain nearly, and a continuing commitment to supporting social enterprises through its supply chain inclusion programme.

Nestlé also works together with several social enterprises and joining the Buy Social Corporate Challenge may be the next thing in its ‘Procurement for Good’ approach, which aims to spotlight helping more communities and increasing the diversity of Nestlé’s supplier base.

Sean Haley, Regional Chair, Sodexo UK & Ireland, said: “We have been delighted to be causeing this to be commitment to the Buy Social Corporate Challenge alongside our partner, Nestlé, since it demonstrates that people are aligned inside our determination to make sure that our purchasing power can be used in a manner that has a positive effect on society.

“We have been proud of the task we do to aid social enterprises through our supply chain. At Sodexo we’ve our very own commitments, through our social impact pledge, around supporting marginalised communities into employment, and ensuring we responsibly are sourcing, so it’s quite crucial to us that people partner with other organisations who share these values.”

Robin Sundaram, Responsible Sourcing Manager at Nestlé UK & Ireland, commented: “When coming up with procurement decisions, we incorporate environmentally friendly, economic and social impacts of our decisions. We’re excited to become listed on with Sodexo in the Buy Social Corporate Challenge so we are able to help a lot more communities by supporting more social enterprises. You want to raise the diversity of our supplier base also, as we understand that social enterprises tend to be more diverse than small intrinsically, medium enterprises and larger organisations.”

One social enterprise that Sodexo and Nestlé use is WildHearts Office already, which gives office supplies and is really a fundamental supplier to the Buy Social Corporate Challenge signatories. WildHearts creates social change and locally globally, supporting initiatives offering addressing social mobility in the united kingdom, such as for example its Micro Tyco entrepreneurial training programme for schools, universities and colleges, and addressing gender inequality in the developing world.


Social Enterprise UK will publish its fifth Buy Social Corporate Challenge impact report next, showing progress made with this ground-breaking initiative during the last 12 months. Twenty-seven high-profile companies up are signed, representing an array of industries.