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23 July 2021

Robertson contributes to £165m spend with Social Enterprise suppliers and businesses through the Buy Social Corporate Challenge

As one of the 27 high-profile signatories that supports the Buy Social Corporate Challenge, Robertson has contributed over £3.5m spend through 30 social enterprise suppliers since April 2017.

Since signing up to the to the government-backed initiative in 2017, which earlier this week (20th July 2021) announced £165m of spend in its five-year report, Robertson, one of the largest family-owned construction, infrastructure, and support services businesses in the UK, has committed, alongside 4 other partners, to spend £1m with social enterprise suppliers in Scotland by 2022 after being announced as a partner of the Social Enterprise Scotland Buy Social Corporate Challenge.

The Buy Corporate Social Challenge encourages procurement spend with social enterprises – business with a social or environmental mission.

Brian McQuade, chief operating officer, Robertson Group, said: "Robertson is committed to being socially, economically and environmentally responsible. Our activity with Social Enterprise across the UK through the Buy Social Challenge further builds upon the progress we have made to date and contributes towards tackling major social and environmental challenges facing the country.

"At Robertson, we leave a positive legacy in the communities where we work. By continuing to seek opportunities with social enterprises as part of our supply chain, not only will we continue to build on the results reported by Buy Social Corporate Challenge, but we will also achieve the targets set out in our 2030 Responsible Business Strategy which will see Robertson enhance the lives of others, positively contribute towards communities and become a 'climate positive' business."

Commenting on the successes of the Buy Social Corporate Challenge, Peter Holbrook CEO of Social Enterprise UK said:

"Achieving nearly £165m of supply chain spend is a fantastic result that deserves recognition and celebration. Our Buy Social Corporate Challenge partners are social value pioneers; they are leading the way in changing the way business is done and using their spending power to bring new opportunities in every part of our country. The Buy Social Corporate Challenge shows us how we can address the local and the greatest global challenges of our time; addressing the climate emergency, levelling up the country, and using business to build a better and more equitable future."