Since January 2013, Scotland Excel has championed the use of community benefit clauses in collaborative frameworks to provide additional social value from public spend. These have been incorporated into all contracts developed since that date, and have supported a wide range of social, economic and environmental benefits for our communities including jobs, apprenticeships and local charity and community initiatives.
Community benefits are having a real impact at a local level, for example, our domestic furniture framework – which won a National GO Award for Sustainability Initiative of the Year - shows just how much can be achieved through sustainable procurement. It has had a particularly positive impact on local employment in the East Kilbride area since it was launched in May 2013.
Through this innovative framework, suppliers have engaged with job centres, work programmes and schools on a range of employment and training opportunities. The framework has delivered well over a hundred jobs and apprenticeships, supported nearly 9,000 hours of work experience for adults who have been unemployed long term and diverted over a 150 tonnes of waste from landfill through recycling initiatives.
Sometimes the impact of community benefits is felt further afield. In 2014, a donation was made to Mary's Meals by one of the suppliers to our food contracts as a result of community benefits. This was used to build and equip a school kitchen at Mgoloka Primary School in Malawi through its Sponsor a School Project, providing nearly 800 pupils at the school with a daily meal to allow them to stay at school and find a way out of poverty.
For further information on community benefits in public procurement, visit Ready for Business.