UK’s first Social Saturday announced
The UK’s first Social Saturday will take place on 13th September 2014, in an attempt to promote social enterprise and increase awareness amongst consumers. In addition, anyone running a social enterprise can access a campaign pack that provides a range of materials to promote the event and their own venture. Social Saturday is being led by Social Enterprise UK and is part of the nationwide Buy Social campaign. According to Peter Holbrook, CEO of Social Enterprise UK: “The UK’s social enterprise movement is growing fast because people do care about how their spending affects the wider world. The Buy Social campaign is about giving them the opportunity to identify the businesses that will help them change the world for good”.
Plans to protect smallest firms in food supply chain
The European Commission has adopted a communication setting out ways of protecting small food producers and retailers against the unfair trading practices of their larger trading partners. According to the Commission, unfair practices include refusing to put commercial terms in writing and terminating contracts without notice or justification. Rather than moving to legislate at European Union (EU) level, the communication calls on individual EU Member States to take action at a national level to enforce minimum standards and encourage food business operators to sign up to the Supply Chain Initiative, a voluntary code of conduct.