Whereas: The Province of Manitoba purchases significant amounts goods and service, while social enterprises use a business model to build fairer and stronger local economies, create jobs and important communities services, reduce poverty and renew communities, and create more sustainable environments.
Whereas: Increasing the purchasing made from social enterprises will scale up their impact and their intended social, economic, and environmental outcomes.
Whereas: Province of Manitoba procurement does not currently recognize the social, environmental, and economic value of social enterprises in the valuation systems built into the tendering process.
Whereas: The Province of Manitoba has committed to sustainable procurement in the Sustainable Development Act, committed to purchasing from Aboriginal businesses through the Aboriginal Procurement Initiative, created the Community Economic Development Policy Framework and Lens, and signed on as a Purchaser with the Social Purchasing Portal.
Whereas: Shifting procurement to social enterprises will result in greater return on investment to government and society, and will result in fairer and stronger local economies, more jobs for people with barriers to employment, important communities services, reduced poverty, renewed communities, and more sustainable environments.
Be It Resolved That:
CCEDNet Manitoba urge the Province of Manitoba to implement a procurement strategy that recognizes and takes into account the added social and economic value of ethical purchasing, and create an accountability mechanism to ensure procurement practices reflect established principles articulated in the CED Policy Framework and Lens.