Buy WISEly

Buy WISEly


Buy WISEly overall aims at enabling work integration social enterprises (WISEs) and mainstream businesses (MBs) in involved countries to design, foster and implement transactional partnerships, including trade relationships, for sustainable buy social B2B market to respond to the several identified needs and address current shortages of the labour market by using a holistic approach.

The specific objectives are:

  • To raise awareness on added values of “buy social” B2B markets as well as of WISEs towards MBs
  • To encourage the involvement of MBs to support up/re-skilling pathways of disadvantaged groups to facilitate their access into the ordinary labour market
  • To strengthen the operational and financial capacity of WISEs to cooperate with MBs, the so-called “trade readiness”
  • To develop transactional partnerships through concrete actions between WISEs and MBs. Numerous activities are foreseen consisting of collection of good practices, capacity-building and awareness raising, engagement actions and strong exchanges between representatives of WISEs and MBs, sustainability and scalability actions to foster the long-term impact of the project outcomes as well as communication and dissemination.

The consortium is composed of ENSIE from Belgium (coordinator), arbeit plus (Austria), de omslag (The Netherlands), Consorzio Sociale Abele Lavoro (Italy), ISEN (Ireland), Wirtschaftskammer Österreich (Austria) and MKB Amsterdam (The Netherlands).

RISE Romania, Social Entrepreneurship Association of Latvia, Transistor (Italy) and Dublin City Council (Ireland) are associated partners of the project. 

The project started in June 2023 and will last until November 2024. 

Project deliverables

Booklet of successful B2B partnerships

The Booklet of successful B2B partnerships provides an overview of good practices of transactional partnerships already in place between Work Integration Social Enterprises (WISEs), and Mainstream Businesses (MBs). In addition to the participating countries Austria, the Netherlands, Italy and Ireland, it encompasses good practices from France, Spain, and Romania. All 19 good practices were selected in the light of ensuring upscaling potential and include a description and indicate elements leading to the successful partnership.


Booklet of successful B2B partnerships (English) Download
Booklet of successful B2B partnerships (Français) Download
Booklet of successful B2B partnerships (Nederlands) Download
Booklet of successful B2B partnerships (Deutsch) Download
Booklet of successful B2B partnerships (Română) Download

Report on survey on MBs knowledge of WISEs and the social purchasing policies

This report presents the results of a survey sent to both WISEs and MBs in Austria, Ireland, Italy and the Netherlands. It outlines the current knowledge of MBs (including their representation and networks) about buying social in general and from WISEs, their ongoing social purchasing policies and the percentage of B2B revenues of WISEs. The insights of this report serve as a preliminary contextual assessment and is strategically as it will allow to measure the project impact later on. It provides valuable input for subsequent study visits and focus groups, as part of the three-phase work package on awareness and capacity building.


Report on survey on MBs knowledge of WISEs and the social purchasing policies Download

Kick-off meeting

On the 6th of July 2023, partners of the Buy WISEly project met online for the kick-off meeting. Tasks leaders explained the Work Packages tasks and deliverables to the rest of the consortium.  

First project meeting!

On 28 November 2023, partners of the Buy WISEly project gathered for their first project meeting. The first steps needed to complete the project's deliverable were addressed. During the meeting, the deliverables D.2.1 (Booklet) and the D.3.1 (Survey) were launched, and a first outreach strategy of those two deliverables was planned.

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