The Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility

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In response to the implementation of the Social Value Act 2012, the Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility has been developed. This outlines mandatory principles which Birmingham City Council must adopt in order to enhance its social value generation. Organisations working closely with the council have also been invited to adopt the principles.

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Term Shared Professional Services Contract

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A 4 year contract to be the sole supplier of professional services expertise relating to highways and transport (e.g. highway and transport design, transport modelling, feasibility studies etc.) to West Midlands Highway Alliance members (comprising Worcestershire County Council, Telford and Wrekin Council and potentially from 2014 Shropshire Council). There is an option to extend the contract for a further 2 years, linked to performance.

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Sustainable Procurement – Fresh Pastures and Dairy Farmers of Great Britain

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Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation (YPO) and Wakefield Council procurement team awarded contracts to two companies recognised for their ability to create social value. The companies were Dairy Farmers of Great Britain and Fresh Pastures. The contract was to supply fresh milk to schools in the region.

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Supporting Leicestershire Families

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Despite significant investment in services many families still experience the same problems from one generation to another. The Supporting Leicestershire Families Programme aimed to support families so that the whole family have better lives and outcomes independent from the state. Leicestershire Together therefore committed to improving the lives of Leicestershire Families, particularly the most vulnerable, with an ambition to improve outcomes for these families whilst reducing public sector costs.

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STaR Shared Procurement Service

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STaR Shared Procurement Service is a partnership of Stockport, Trafford and Rochdale Metropolitan Councils which aims to increase value for money and social benefits throughout the commissioning process. The service was established in 2013 and issues over 400 procurement tenders each year.

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Sport and Physical Activity

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While the funding available to deliver sport and physical activity was facing significant reduction, there were new and emerging opportunities to deliver a commissioned model of delivery locally through the Strategic Commissioning arrangements being developed in Leicestershire.

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Solstice Nurseries maintenance services

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Grampian Housing Association awarded a 3 year open spaces maintenance contract worth £100,000 to Solstice Nurseries in 2006. Solstice Nurseries is a social enterprise providing training and employment in horticulture to people with mental health difficulties. The decision to award the contract to Solstice Nurseries was made in recognition of social value generation and value for money in providing the service.

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Social Return on Investment – London Borough Waste Management Company

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This report gives an example of good practice in regards to how an organisation can review the social value it generates through providing a service.

Sustainable Business Partnership was employed by a Waste Management Company (WMC) to review the social impact of its work in London Borough. This review of social value used Social Impact Mapping and a Social Return on Investment (SROI) analysis.

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