Christmas is a time for giving, sharing and celebrating, but it can also be a time that gets overwhelming with events, traditions and expectations — so how can you tie in your love for the work social enterprises are doing, with the never-ending Christmas to-do list?
If you’re organised when it comes to the festive season, there’s no doubt you’ve already got a list of friends and family members with gift ideas scrawled next to their names. If the thought of braving your local shopping centre in this year’s climate is making you squeamish, you’re not alone. The great news is that there are so many social enterprises out there with amazing products and big visions for making the world a better place — it’s very likely you can get everything on your list from social enterprises, do some good in the process, without stepping foot in a crowded shop. What’s not to love?
The Power of Social Procurement
Right throughout the year, there are organisations who are committed to social procurement. They buy and engage with suppliers who are thinking ethically and sustainably, and who are focused on doing social good. When you shop with organisations who are committed to engaging with these suppliers, you know that you’re getting quality products and services, while simultaneously contributing to the work that their suppliers are doing. Whether they’re creating jobs, providing resources for marginalised communities, or working towards a more sustainable future, you can feel good about where your hard-earned dollar is headed.
Look Further Afield
Finding the perfect gift can be tricky, no matter who you’re shopping for, but when you step into the world of social enterprises, you’ll see there’s a range of different businesses you can buy from with even more product diversity than your local shopping centre. One of the best parts of diving into the social enterprise world for Christmas is discovering new creators, producers and visions to support going into the New Year. Aggie Global is a great example of social procurement in action, taking the stress out of the Christmas shopping madness. Their mission is to connect farmers to everyday consumers, through technology. Their hope is that by creating these connections and creating a strong network, they can improve small farmer’s access to resources and people, all in the name of addressing food security.
Buy All Aussie Gift Boxes or Pain-Free Christmas Gifts
Aggie Global has created three Gift Boxes, prime for the gifting season! Each box contains a carefully-curated selection of delicious, surprising and all-Australian made, grown and owned products from small farmers and producers all across the country. For the people in your life who love to experiment in the kitchen, their Local Cooking Gift Box is perfect, filled with all the best products to cook up a storm. Meanwhile, their Indigenous Gift Box showcases products that celebrate native foods and the traditions of our Indigenous communities across Australia. For those that just want to jump straight into the festivities, their Christmas Gift Box is jam-packed with crowd-pleasing products to take the silly season to the next level.
Purchasing from Aggie Global is a simple way you can support producers all over Australia, get acquainted with new products and be proud of your contribution to a social enterprise that is working to improve food security. You can buy one of Aggie Global’s Gift Boxes here before November 18 for delivery in time for Christmas.
Co-founder, Director, CEO. - Aggie Global
My twin sister and I started up Aggie Global after noticing that farmers were struggling to access markets and make a consistent income. Zoe and I luanched Aggie Global in Fiji after living there for 2 years, but we soon realised that our Aussie farmers were facing the same challenges as farmers in Fiji. So in 2020, we launched Aggie Global in Australia from our home in Arcadia, and now we are helping Aussie businesses connect with local Aussie farmers.
Zoe and I have always lived in and around the Hornsby area. As kids we grew up on a bushblock in Dural and would explore the bush out the back. We went to Galston High School and discovered the complexities of Agriculture which drove us into studying Agricultural Science at University. We've always known that there is a need for human connection in Australia's agricultural space and are really excited to be launching Aggie Global in our area.