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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 and community benefit in their procurement activity and can show a strong theme and evidence of delivering benefits relating to people (eg the creation of apprenticeships, training, full-time employment, facilities or support for disadvantaged groups or communities) while aligning closely to social value policies, initiatives and drivers.

The focus is on end user outcomes and the benefits that have been achieved.


A GO Awards submission in this category must cover activity during the period January 2020 to October 2021. The contract or initiative related to the submission must have commenced during this period to be eligible.

Open to

Public, private and third sector organisations (private sector via buyer endorsement*).

*supported by confirmation from the sponsoring authority that the entry was undertaken successfully by the applicant, included as an attachment to the entry

Evidence Keywords

Social value, social outcomes, community benefit, Procurement Reform Act, buy social, employment, apprenticeships, training, unemployment, disadvantaged groups, supported business, supported employment programmes, accessibility, sheltered workshops, third sector, voluntary organisations, charitable organisations.

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