What is a social benefit (or social value)?

Social benefit from procurement, can be described as:

The positive impacts on people, places or communities generated through procurement practices.

Social benefits might include:

  • promoting more diverse and inclusive workforces
  • creating training and employment opportunities
  • addressing complex local challenges, such as intergenerational unemployment, crime, vandalism and economic decline in local communities or amongst disengaged groups
  • encouraging local economic development and growth
  • helping people to participate in the community and the economy
  • engaging small-to-medium enterprises and social benefit suppliers, providing them with the same opportunities as other businesses.
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