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5 April 2022
Titanic Hotel, Belfast

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Social Value

The Social Value Award recognises the crucial role that public procurement across the UK can play in delivering better social outcomes through the procurement function.

It highlights those organisations which have embedded social, environmental and community benefit in their procurement activity and can show a strong theme and evidence of delivering benefits relating to people (e.g. the creation of apprenticeships, training, full-time employment, facilities or support for disadvantaged groups or communities) and the environment (e.g. carbon reduction, recycling or waste management) whilst aligning closely to social value and/or environmental policies, initiatives and drivers. The focus is on end user outcomes and benefits.

A GO Awards submission in this category must cover activity during the period January 2019 to June 2020.

The contract or initiative related to the submission must have commenced during this period to be eligible.

Open to
Open to public and third sector organisations (private sector via buyer endorsement).
Endorsed by public sector definition: Supported by a confirmation from the sponsoring authority that the entry was undertaken successfully by the applicant and included as an attachment to the entry. Please include this document as a “attachment”. For example, this could be a written statement.

Evidence Keywords
Social Value, social outcomes, community benefit, emissions, Procurement Reform Act, buy social, employment, apprenticeships, environment, training, unemployment, carbon reduction, recycling, disadvantaged groups, supported business, supported employment programmes, waste, accessibility, sheltered workshops, third sector, voluntary organisations, charitable organisations.

1Please describe the social benefit approach that your organisation has implemented through the procurement, including, where appropriate, within the procurement process itself.
2What aspects of the initiative or approach have been particularly innovative, creative or ground-breaking (while remaining within the bounds of procurement legislation)?
3What level of engagement has been achieved with parties both within and outwith the nominating organisation to ensure that the initiative was thoroughly scoped and designed with social outcomes in mind?
4What specific challenges have been faced in the procurement approach taken, and how were these overcome?
5What were the expected outcomes of the procurement initiative, and what success has been achieved to date? Please provide evidence of specific targets set, feedback received and performance or other measurable benefits achieved.
6Has your organisation spread the benefit of its initiative to other organisations or stakeholders, and with what effect? What lessons have been learned as a result of this procurement exercise?
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