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Social Impact through Procurement

The project: “Social Impact through Procurement” – supporting Johnson and Johnson to bring social enterprises into its supply chain

This project supported Johnson and Johnson UK to scope out and initiate a strategic programme of engagement with social enterprise suppliers. Initial stages involved facilitating discussions around long-term goals and securing endorsements from members of Johnson & Johnson’s senior leadership. An all-day launch workshop raised the programme’s visibility among procurement leaders and provided the opportunity to tackle difficult questions head on and plan short-term and long-term programme activities. A Meet The Supplier session introduced procurement leaders to representatives of social enterprise suppliers. Visits to Johnson & Johnson’s major UK sites kept up momentum and encouraged follow-up on ideas raised at the launch workshop.

The impact: a number of quick-win buyer-supplier relationships were implemented and served as case studies and inspiration for deeper, ongoing social enterprise engagement. Since the completion of this early-stage project, Johnson & Johnson has successfully embedded the programme and has become a leader in social value procurement, inspiring other large companies to take similar action.

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