Helping Social Enterprise in 2017

It’s that time of year where it’s impossible not to get a little reflective. We look back on what we’ve done, kick ourselves for what we didn’t do and of course, start planning for the year ahead. As we’ve reflected, we’re particular proud of the opportunity we’ve had over the last few years to work with a number of social based businesses.

As you can imagine, in the world of inventory management and professional services the measure of success is based on efficiency, cost savings and maximising profits.

The social based businesses we work with are just as interested in these things, but the social impact is the real driver. The difference they make to their beneficiaries or communities of interest is at the heart of everything they do.

It’s been humbling to learn about these organisations and to work together to help them solve some of their key problems.

We want to salute the work that they do.

Lancaster Consulting

Lancaster Consulting is a remarkable organisation that supports vulnerable people with complex needs. Their company mission is to enhance the quality of life for people with complex needs, their families and broader support network through improvements to participation, informed choices, voice, connectedness, independence and direction. They are also a remote organisation, with staff located all over Melbourne. We implemented Accelo through 2017 in order to help them with resource planning, project management and enquiry tracking.

Humanitarian Advisory Group

Humanitarian Advisory Group is an Australian-based social enterprise founded in 2012 to elevate the profile of humanitarian action in Asia and the Pacific. Since setting up WorkflowMax for them a few years ago we have been involved consulting on a wide range of areas of the business including workflow processes and document storage.

Sweet Beginnings

Sweet Beginnings is the very definition of a social enterprise. Like almost every business, they produce a product that they sell for a profit. What’s unique is that the honey based skin-care products are created by men and women who have been incarcerated and are looking for a new start upon re-integration into society. Based in Chicago, USA, we set up DEAR Inventoryfor them late this year, alongside QuickBooks Online.

CoDesign Studio

CoDesign Studio helps local and state government, developers and communities quickly transform any place into a space people love. To quote their own words – “Using the principles of community-led placemaking and tactical urbanism, [they] developed a low-cost, high-impact approach to neighbourhood building that enables our clients to reinvent a neighbourhood in 90 days, engaging local communities to create thriving places.”

Director Lucinda Hartley has also since set up Neighbourlytics. Neighbourlytics is a community knowledge and analytics platform that harnesses social data feeds to provide specific, real-time insights into local places. They help property developers and governments make urban development decisions that add social value. We are proud to have helped set up WorkflowMax a couple of years ago for CoDesign Studio.

Kester Black

Kester Black products are the first in the world to obtain a vast suite of accreditations such as Choose Cruelty Free, International Cruelty Free, Vegan Society, Australian Made and B Corporation. In addition, the company is committed to donating 2% of revenue including in-kind donations to registered charities every year.

They were also recently featured in the Guardian’s guide for ethical Christmas gifts. We set up DEAR Inventory for Kester Black late in 2017.

Once more, we want to acknowledge the amazing work these organisations do. Visit their websites, learn more about what they do, and, if you can support them in any way, please do.

Social enterprises make up a small, but growing part of our client base and as we look to 2018 we hope to support many remarkable organisations that are committed to making a real difference.