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Social Procurement Framework Success Story – Green Collect


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This video shows aerial views of Melbourne and local views of Melbourne landmarks. It shows students exploring the city, on university campuses, and engaged in learning activities in classrooms, laboratories, and libraries, working with technology and in one-on-one mentoring sessions.


[‘Airport Bestseller’ by Ania Reynolds plays]

SALLY: Green Collect’s vision is really to work for a world without waste. We’re working to maximise the use of resources, making sure that things don’t go landfill. We collect from businesses and corporates who are looking at their waste streams and want to do better. What we are able to achieve for our customers is a 60% re-use rate, and the remainder of resources are torn down and processed for recycling.

DAVID: Green Collect is unique in that we create social and environmental value in collaboration with our partners. It’s one of the leading social enterprises in Australia.

MELISSA: When I met Green Collect, I really enjoyed coming out, having a look at their warehouse, meeting their workers and actually seeing what they were trying to achieve and it was the professionalism from their end but also, I could see that they had a really good operation that is a good commercial business, as well as having that social benefit in their supply chain.

KALEM: One of the things that we do very well is around supporting people who are facing barriers to employment. It’s beyond just work skills and work experience, it speaks more broadly to community and the value of people.

SALLY:  The Social Procurement Framework has really changed the way that we engage with our clients on this journey towards a more just and more sustainable society. For us, that conversation early on about the social impact and the environmental impact, it’s front and centre, it’s no longer just a by-product of something that we also achieve, it’s actually of genuine interest to our customers. There’s an alignment of values that is really significant for Green Collect, because we’re a for-purpose organisation, we exist to create value. So we’re finding synergies around meeting their business need, but also being able to display and document the social outcomes that are achieved through that. As we’ve built that relationship with John Holland, it’s opened up new work opportunities at larger scale, and for social enterprises that’s really critical.

MELISSA: I think it’s really important for businesses to actually just consider what is the normal business that they’re doing, who is in their supply chain and how can they pivot that, just a slight amount, to actually include someone socially. We need to have commercial businesses being reflective of the community that we have and it’s not excluding others, so the more people use social benefit suppliers, I think will help us get to that goal.

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