Social Value

Social value recognises the additional social, economic and environmental benefits to local communities over and above the direct purchasing of goods, services and works.

A social value approach across the commercial lifecycle, considers the cost of a service alongside the overall social value outcomes delivered. This includes consideration on how economic, social and environmental well-being may be improved, encouraging additional value from suppliers, which will result in the maximum benefit for the community and local residents.

Social value outcomes can deliver tangible benefits ranging from an increase in the number of apprenticeships to a reduction of CO2 footprint, or softer benefits such as reducing the risks of modern slavery in the supply chain.

We work collaboratively to refine, implement, embed and support social value within organisational process to demonstrate positive societal contributions through adoption of best practice tools and techniques. We believe this enhances the impact of procurement and delivers improved public services and responsible outcomes.

How we can help

Well versed in the implications of the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012, the Well-Being of Future Generations (Welsh) Act 2015, and the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals, we provide social value support to stakeholders and suppliers looking to deliver wider social, economic and environmental benefits through procurement. We work with our stakeholders to embed core principles for social value measurement and analysis, to refine and share practice, and to build a powerful movement of like-minded people to influence positive impact. Our goal is to support, connect and represent our stakeholders and suppliers through training, knowledge sharing and networking.

Supplier Development

To help suppliers understand their role in delivering social value we commissioned an online Social Value Action Planning Tool from NETpositive that enables suppliers to develop a free customised Social Value Action Plan.

The tool will help suppliers review the environmental, economic, and social impacts of their business and allow them to clearly identify where they are already having a positive social value impact and where they could take action to deliver more. 

Process and Reporting Development

Recent Government Procurement Policy Note (PPN) 06/20 requires that social value be explicitly evaluated in all central government procurement contracts. The PPN requires that a minimum weighting of 10% of the total score for social value should be applied to ensure that it carries a heavy enough score to be a differentiating factor in bid evaluation; a higher weighting can be applied if justified. BlueLight Commercial is committed to a minimum 10% weighting throughout all its contracts and helping support individual forces leading the way on this agenda with guidance, support and training.  

BlueLight Commercial has created a more consistent way to measure and evaluate social value nationally and specifically within policing through the Commercial Lifecyle Model.  

The Commercial Lifecycle Model is a cyclical process split into 3 distinct commercial stages; pre-contract, procure and contract management. The commercial lifecycle complements the Cabinet Office Sourcing Playbook approach as well as the National Procurement Policy Statements. It supports structured thinking and helps in recognising that the commercial issues faced by policing overlap the different stages of the model. Social value is one of the issues that can be considered and embedded in each stage of the commercial lifecycle. 

Find out More

Get in touch with the Social Value Team to find out more or have a look at our free supplier Social Value Action Planning Tool.

Through our partner NETpositive, members of BlueLight Commercial can have access to a dashboard for their suppliers which can be used to review their social value data.