GUIDANCE ON THE INCLUSION OF COMMUNITY BENEFIT (SOCIAL VALUE) CONSIDERATIONS IN PROCUREMENT AND EXAMPLE CLAUSES
GUIDANCE ON THE INCLUSION OF COMMUNITY BENEFIT CONSIDERATIONS IN PROCUREMENT AND EXAMPLE CLAUSES
[Please note this guidance is general and deals only with the procurement issues which apply and does not address other obligations whether statutory or other and you should seek specific legal advice from your legal team on the use of these clauses for a particular contract.]
In this guidance “community benefit” means general benefit to the community creating sustainable communities including wider aspects such as equality and diversity.
Examples of community benefit include:
- social benefits which may be gained by targeting recruitment at the long term unemployed, accessibility for disabled users to resources or by monitoring ethnicity within organisations
- economic benefits which may be gained by encouraging bids from SMEs, BMEs and the third sector (i.e. those organisations falling between the market and the state) as bidders and market participants
- environmental benefits which may be gained from the use of sustainable materials, use of low emission vehicles, local supplies reducing food miles etc.