The simple decision to buy from social enterprise can deliver huge benefits to individuals and often, entire communities. For these people and their families, a job can be transformational, providing independence, confidence and a sense of belonging and achievement.
Positive social change is created when goods and services are bought from a social enterprise – this is referred to as social procurement. The goods or services are the same as those received through a commercial supplier, however have the added benefit of creating jobs or opportunities for people who may have struggled to find work, or of reinvigorating depressed or marginalised communities.
Tens of thousands of people are benefiting from social enterprises across Australia, so it is clearly a significant agent for social change, with enormous potential to scales it’s impact.
Our industry has long been recognised for it’s partnerships with marginalised communities, who are very often made up of the same superannuation fund members who will struggle to achieve a secure retirement. Working together with these members to help them on their journey, will not only benefit them, but also their communities, and ultimately the industry.
At this year's breakfast, supported by ASFA, we will hear from Olivia Cozzolino who will speak about the growing area of Social Procurement where simple decisions on purchasing goods & services have the power to create real change and bring disadvantaged people into the labour market; whether they’re young people, people with a disability, the long term unemployed or recently arrived migrants and refugees. We will also have the opportunity to hear from Jane Sheridan from Hostplus, speaking about a number of initiatives Hostplus have introduced to support disadvantaged communities.
ABOUT OLIVIA COZZOLINO
As Principal, Growth Services, at Social Traders, Olivia supports social enterprises to build capability, develop growth strategies and increase their social impact. Previously she was General Manager of Red Cross’ national retail network, where she developed and implemented a successful transformation strategy. She has an MBA from Melbourne Business School (First Class Honours). Her knowledge and expertise lies in supporting NFPs to diversify their income streams and capitalise on the growth of the social procurement movement.
ABOUT JANE SHERIDAN
Jane is a financial services and strategy expert with high level stakeholder management skills and is State Manager for Victoria of Hostplus. Her speciality includes exceptional financial acumen, excellent communication and leadership skills.
A key part of her role is to understand the policy framework underpinning the hospitality and tourism sector and potential impacts on growth of the sector. Her strong sense of social justice and equality drives her both professionally and socially.
Her role includes driving business growth across the state, including identifying new opportunities, developing and maintaining key relationships with clients across the hospitality, tourism and sport sector and direct management of the Victorian account team to ensure growth and goals continue to be achieved.
Jane also has served on the following; committee member for Progressive Business, Tourism Task Force member for TAA (Tourism Accommodation Australia), Mother’s Day Classic Chair of committee NT / volunteer VIC, Destination Melbourne board member.
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