Social value and procurement – a toolkit for housing providers & contractors

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“Housing providers are expected to deliver more than ever before, but with less resource. Many are now turning to the supply chain to generate social value, but both housing providers and contractors have some key questions”

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The Social Enterprise Supply Chain Guide

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“This guide is for big businesses and other organisations interested in buying goods and services from the UK’s social enterprise sector.

Social enterprises are different to ordinary businesses because they reinvest their profits for good, benefiting people and planet. When they profit, society profits. 

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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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The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012: One Year On

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This report outlines some of the progress made by commissioners in the year following the implementation of the The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012. Further context is given on UK and EU legislation on commissioning for social value. Numerous case studies are given on how organisations have commissioned for social value and have used this to benefit stakeholders.

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Social Value Toolkit. Toolkit used by the pilots

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“In order to further develop the concept of social value we have developed a toolkit which is designed to support commissioners to use the concept within their locality and to best affect. This toolkit is not designed to replace or even duplicate the work of existing processes. Rather, it has been designed to sit alongside and compliment existing processes (as can be seen to the right), and therefore remains sufficiently generic for adaptation by individual localities and organisations.”

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Knowsley Council: An Emerging Approach to Social Value

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Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council set up a cross-sector partnership board with Knowsley Chamber of Commerce, Knowsley CVS, Knowsley Housing Trust, the Community Foundation for Merseyside and representatives from the public, private, social, voluntary and community sectors in order to identify areas where there existed need for social value generation. This allowed for more informed commissioning and procurement of goods and services by Knowsley Council.

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Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 – a brief guide

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This guide explains what social value is and how the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 differs from previous legislation and how it is intended to work in practice. It explains how the public sector can most effectively engage with this new legislation and how social enterprises and third sector organisations can demonstrate their ability to generate social value during the commissioning process.

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Inspiring and Creating Social Value in Croydon – A Social Value Toolkit for Commissioners

This toolkit was developed by Croydon Council to inform the organisation and other potential service providers – including small to medium enterprises, social enterprises and voluntary sector organisations on how to embed social value throughout the procurement process.

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