Social enterprise opportunities
Brisbane City Council is committed to supporting emerging and established social enterprises and community organisations.
What is a social enterprise?
A social enterprise is a business that operates to address social problems, improve communities, or help the environment. A social enterprise generates most or all of its income from trade (not grants or donations) and can be categorised under one or more of the below models:
- a business that provides employment and training for marginalised groups
- a business that provides products and services in a direct response to a community or environmental need (something not met by the market)
- an ethical for-profit business, with a significant proportion of profits redistributed for a social impact.
Social procurement objectives
Council seeks to foster the development of social enterprises to grow into competitive suppliers.
Council's current social procurement objectives include:
- annual spend targets directly from social enterprises. A target is set each year and published in Council's Procurement Policy and Plan (PPAP) 2020-21 (Word - 227kb)
- working with other Council suppliers to deliver enhanced social outcomes for residents.
For more information about social enterprise tendering opportunities:
- email the social procurement team
- phone Council's Business Hotline on 133 BNE (133 263).