Vancouver Convention Centre: Community Award ...
Vancouver Convention Centre

Community Award for Support of Local Social Enterprises

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The Vancouver Convention Centre, along with Simon Fraser University and Tourism Vancou-ver, was recognized as a Social Procurement Champion by Exchange Inner City and Buy Social Canada for demonstrating excellence in social procurement. Since 2018, the Vancouver Convention Centre has formed partnerships with several local social enterprises including Embers and Hives for Humanity to provide sustainable employment oppor-tunities for workers with barriers and support various initiatives within the facility.
One such partnership is with Binners’ Project, a local organization that advances social and eco-nomic inclusion and tackles sustainability issues through empowering and creating opportunities for binners, who now contribute to back-of-house support for the facility’s waste diversion program. Additionally, in cooperation with Mission Possible, a social enterprise that provides individuals with a renewed sense of dignity and purpose through meaningful work, the Convention Centre has offered temporary landscaping and maintenance positions. “We are honoured to be recognized for our practice of social procurement, an initiative that we are highly proud of and strive to more deeply integrate as part of our operational processes,” said Craig Lehto, General Manager, Vancouver Convention Centre. “Social responsibility is at the heart of our organization, and it is thanks to our exceptional teams who drive that mission forward that we have been able to so effectively collaborate with local social enterprises to support their missions and those they represent.” The social procurement award was presented at an event held in Vancouver, B.C., at The Anjok, which also featured a panel discussion on the positive impacts of social procurement and utilized best practices.