Driving Social Value – Who?
- The Client- defines and articulates the outputs (then monitors throughout the project)
- The Designers – incorporates into design, considering materials and construction methods
- The Contractor (with supply chain) – delivers the outputs
All agreed that SV must be driven from the top down in the client organisation to be most effective and the earlier it’s put on the agenda, the better!
The session also showed how the NWCH’s kpis measure SV outputs and the online tool allows clients to see what is being delivered on their project(s) on a regular basis. The standard SV kpis are:
- Apprentice Weeks
- Community Activities
- Employment Activities
- Work Placements
- Training Weeks
- The timber frame company in Merseyside who were able to expand as a result of Liverpool City Council’s requirements around local supply chain.
- Lauren Murphy who was raising a memorial to her grandfather’s workplace (a coal pit), and ended up working for one of the contractors as Sustainability Advisor.
It was a well-attended session with some great feedback after the event.
“It was great to find out about the positive contribution that the NWCH can make to local communities through social value activities. It has given me more ideas about how we can improve our contribution to communities in Cheshire as a result.” Anita Gibbs, Head of Procurement and Contracts for Cheshire Constabulary