procurement for social value: what really matters?
How can procurement improve economic, social and environmental well-being by commissioning services based on social value?
Ever since the passing of the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 all public sector bodies in the United Kingdom, including local authorities and the NHS, have been required to consider how the services they commission might improve the social, economic and environmental well-being of the area.
Critics have since argued that a tokenistic “tick-the-box” culture has grown up around social value, in part because there is a lack of certainty about what it means. So how best to respond?
Social Value UK, the national network for everyone who is interested in social value and social impact, offers some help. It has drawn up seven principles of social value and published a booklet, available on its website, to set these out in detail.
What does this all mean for procurement? Is social value only for public procurement or is there a need in all organisations to be considering? In this whitepaper you will gain a better understanding on:
- Implications of the Social Value Act for procurement
- How to measure intangible benefits
- How social value can be included in commissioning plans and procurement
Download the whitepaper.