There are thousands of fantastic small to medium size organisations in the UK providing Sustainable and Ethical/Eco products and services mainly to their local communities. These organisations have many different forms/names and include the likes of Social Enterprises, Co-Operatives, Charities, Trusts, NonGovernment Organisations, 3rd Sector & Social Movements like Fair Trade.
While this sector is very dispersed and covers many different industries from B2B to B2C, the Ethical Consumer organisation does produce an annual Ethics Market report showing the ethical market to be valued at £81.3 (b) in the UK in 2017.
For the purposes of simplicity, we use the terms sustainable to cover all of these differing organisations in order to provide a common language and shared objective for all.
Central government and big businesses are also increasingly under pressure to utilise the services of Social Enterprises, SME’s and diverse suppliers. There is also increasing pressure on corporates to not just play lip service with their corporate responsibility policy’s but are under pressure from their own clients and partners to implement policy’s that show results in this area.
While these sustainable organisations are great at delivering their solutions on the ground, many lack the commercial and technological resources to manage, market and grow their organisations effectively.
In addition, these organisations do not effectively work together in order to jointly achieve their goals. Nor do they consolidate their resources to support each other and drive the best value. This is partly down to the fact that these organisations do not have a support network that would allow them to collaborate, as well as not being aware of the advantages and possibilities of working with others.
From the buyer’s perspective It’s also difficult for organisations who wish to source ethically to easily find sustainable providers over and above commercial providers.
There has also been allot of recent resentment with unicorn companies like Uber exploiting workers. This is leading to new worker-owned solutions springing up to help resolve these issues.
We aim to support these organisations by helping them consolidate their offerings, broaden their reach, become more efficient and commercially self-sufficient. We will create an online support community in addition to returning half our profits as a Social Enterprise into supporting these organisations.
We are building a single platform and support structure that combines multiple facets based around collaboration and the efficiency’s of organisations working together, sharing resources, collectively purchasing, working smarter towards creating a more sustainable future for everyone.
Our Enterprise Hub will be the main portal for our sustainable solutions and partnerships while Smart Dealmaker (SD) will be our commercial facing portal. SD will promote Sustainable solutions where possible. Both organisations will be Social Enterprises under the same company Commission it Ltd.
While the industry does not seem to capitalise on one of the key strengths of this sector, that is of trust. We aim to capitalise on this as we believe clients will be more willing to use and trust a Sustainable supplier over a commercial one, even if they are a little more expensive.
The platform will incorporate 3 principal areas of functionality, as follows:
Efficiency – Tools such as scheduling, online bookings, resource utilization optimization, resource sharing, collections logistics, smart availability.
Cost Reducing – Collective purchasing, reverse auctions, supplier sourcing, RFX, smart purchasing, cash back.
Organizational Support – ERP Integration, digital marketing support, supplier management, business opportunities, expense splitting, translation/interpreter, generate incremental revenue, sustainable suppliers.