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Bristol asks residents for input on new social value policy

20 October, 2015

From Supply Chain Management.

Bristol City Council is asking its residents for their thoughts on its new social value policy.

The city, which spends around £330 million a year, has set a target of spending 25 per cent of that total with SMEs, social enterprises and voluntary or community organisations.

The policy sets out eight objectives. These are applying a 10 per cent weighting to social value in the tender process; Involving the local community in the commissioning process; Considering  the environmental impact as part of the tender process; Undertaking work with diverse suppliers; Maximising opportunities for employment and skills through commissioning; Promoting the local economy; Nurturing assets within the community, and; Growing relationships with the business community, social enterprises and voluntary and community organisations.

It is a response to the Social Value Act, which obliges public sector bodies to consider how procurement can be used to improve the economic, social and environmental well-being of an area.

Read the full story at Supply Chain Management here

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