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Community Benefits in Procurement

Introduction

Key activities

Benefits and impacts

Learning

Renfrewshire Council recognises that community benefits are a key component in maximising social, economic and environmental benefits.  The delivery and achievements of community benefits contribute directly to Renfrewshire Council’s vision for a “fair and inclusive place where all our people, communities and businesses thrive”.

 

A range of opportunities have been identified to deliver sustainable outcomes to improve local economy in terms of community benefits as a direct consequence of spend on works, goods and service contracts.

Delivery of community benefit activities are aligned to the Council’s strategic priorities as follows:

 

  • Creating a sustainable Renfrewshire
  • Reducing the level and impact of Poverty
  • Raising Attainment and Closing the Attainment Gap
  • Supporting and Sustaining People into Employment

Theme: Employability

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In addition to the core purpose of the contracts community benefit clauses and requirements are incorporated into the delivery of all Renfrewshire Council’s contracts. Targeted at delivering the following key activities:

 

  • Targeted Employment and Training Initiative
  • Educational Support Initiative
  • Supply Chain Development Activit
  • Vocational Trainin
  • Community, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and
  • Environmental Initiatives
  • Supported Business, Third Sector and
  • Voluntary Sector Initiative
  • Equality and Diversity Initiative
  • Creating a Sustainable Renfrewshire

 

This activity has been incorporated into the procurement process by Council ratification of Sustainable Procurement Strategy and Community Benefit Strategy.

Renfrewshire Council’s approach to maximising delivery of community benefit opportunities has led to the establishment of Renfrewshire’s Community Benefit Forum (CBF).  A strong working relationship has been developed with members of the CBF consisting of officers from Council’s Economic Development, Employability Team, Children’s Services, and Engage Renfrewshire the Third Sector Interface continue to support the delivery and achievement of community benefits, by identifying specific needs and supporting contractors in delivery of their obligations.   Renfrewshire Council’s partnership approach has been illustrated as an example of good practice shared across the different local authorities and used in the Scottish Futures Trust Community Benefit Toolkit for Construction.

 

Regular meetings with suppliers and the support provided by colleagues from Council’s Economic Development Team has led to successful delivery and achievement of employment opportunities by recruiting Modern Apprenticeships, graduates and unemployed individuals.

 

A range of benefits contributing to Curriculum for Excellence is being achieved with suppliers engaging with schools to deliver work experience for 14 to 16 year olds, input at industry awareness days, career events and school mentoring and workplace visits.

 

A range of individuals within suppliers’ organisation are being provided with opportunities to enhance personal and professional development, this includes successful completion of SVQs in Security Technical course, Food Safety in Catering, Management of Allergens, Bakery Production, Excavation and Re-instatement.

 

Additional benefits that have been achieved include financial support to charitable organisations such as St Vincent Hospice, building a sensory garden in Johnston, supply of free compost, providing play equipment, construction and installation of benches in Renfrewshire.

 

Renfrewshire Council’s approach to community benefits has been recognised nationally with GO Awards finalist status.

Awareness of community benefits is improving amongst suppliers and requires having in place an effective monitoring system that can be shared across the various partners and suppliers. The development of partnerships working is key to ensuring that support is available for suppliers to deliver the various community benefits offered.

Contact details:

To find out more about this case study, please contact:

 

Yasmeen Khan

Senior Policy Officer

Renfrewshire Council

0141 618 7404

Case study added to site: October 2016

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