Tag: procurement


Community benefits policy must be at the core of Ontario’s infrastructure investment strategy

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Apr 2017

Community benefits policy must be at the core of Ontario’s infrastructure investment strategy

Social procurement expands our understanding of “value for money,” beyond the lowest cost to include the broader costs and benefits of our collective purchasing power. That sometimes means “fair trade” or “sweatshop free labour,” but it can go much further. Like buying from companies that hire and promote marginalized workers or take measures beyond regulatory requirements to reduce their carbon impact. This is not just...

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Hey, 2016! We’re ready for ya

06

Jan 2016

Hey, 2016! We’re ready for ya

How many blogs have you read so far about New Year’s resolutions? Well you’re about to read one more – one that allows you to meet the many faces of ONN’s staff and their thoughts on lovin’ the network. Did we take a little inspiration from “Nonprofit with Balls’ “Ten Resolutions for the Nonprofit Sector for 2015”? You bet we did! As a communications coordinator,...

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Buying social: Same price, twice the value for communities

08

Dec 2015

Buying social: Same price, twice the value for communities

Originally posted on the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ Behind The Numbers blog site. What is social procurement? Is this about online dating? No, we are not talking about your social life here. We are talking about the exciting side of economics (and yes, there is one!). It’s the economics of purchasing power. What we buy matters—and who we buy from matters just as much....

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Leadership In Changing Times: Trends For A Bright Sector Future

01

Dec 2015

Leadership In Changing Times: Trends For A Bright Sector Future

The following is an excerpt from ONN’s newly-released report, Leadership In Changing Times The vast majority of charities and nonprofit organizations operate locally and are rooted in their communities. Each plays a small part, but together they make Canada a vibrant place to live, work and play. We take it for granted that local citizens, on seeing a need—whether for a local swim club, a...

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Purchasing:  The 3 C’s of healthy supplier relationships

06

Aug 2015

Purchasing: The 3 C’s of healthy supplier relationships

Maintaining healthy relationships is the lifeblood of a successful nonprofit organization. Ongoing interactions with clients, donors, funders, internal staff, and the general public are at the core of what makes these organizations tick. But there is another category of relationships that is sometimes ignored, yet can contribute significantly to the success of a nonprofit: relationships with external suppliers of goods and services. Not all supplier...

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