SBP and Johnson & Johnson launch pioneering Social Impact through Procurement programme


A pioneering new programme by Johnson & Johnson will open up the company’s supply chains to employment-focussed social enterprises offering a range of services from catering to grounds maintenance. The Social Impact through Procurement programme was launched earlier this month at a special workshop convened by Social Business Partnership (SBP), and the aim is to look at every £1 that J&J spends in the UK to see if it can be spent in a way that betters society.

Long-term vision

The focus of the new programme is to engage with social enterprise suppliers which provide training and employment opportunities for individuals who experience significant barriers in accessing the labour market, such as people with disabilities, ex-offenders, the homeless, and the long-term unemployed. J&J have shunned a piecemeal approach in favour of a long-term target: to create 150 jobs at social enterprises for disadvantaged people by 2020.

Moving from vision to delivery

In order to achieve these ambitious goals, J&J has partnered with SBP to design and deliver the programme. SBP offers a bespoke end-to-end brokerage service, which includes:

   1. A scoping exercise to develop a social procurement strategy and find specific opportunities
   2. Identifying, assessing and recommending the most suitable suppliers for each requirement
   3. Measuring and reporting on the social impact generated

SBP’s in-depth knowledge of the social enterprise sector means that J&J can look forward to a stream of high-impact suppliers with the ability to deliver to a high standard. The launch workshop, led by SBP, convened over 30 procurement stakeholders from all of J&J’s UK sites, and set out the strategy to identify and implement immediate and longer-term opportunities to bring social enterprise suppliers into the company’s supply chain.

Immediate impact

The programme is delivering immediate results, as new social enterprise relationships are already being brokered in the areas of catering, grounds maintenance and printing. In the weeks and months to come, the expectation is that J&J’s everyday purchases will provide many more opportunities for people who face barriers to the labour market.

Find out more

To discuss how SBP can help your company to achieve social impact through procurement, contact Andy Daly on 07975577179 or at

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