Scotland Excel: Living Wage Champions
Scotland Excel wins the Innovation category at the Living Wage Champion Awards.
Scotland Excel – the Centre of Procurement Expertise for Local Government – has been crowned winner of the Innovation category at the 2018 Living Wage Champion Awards.
We were recognised for our approach to building fair work practices into our procurement process – a move that’s resulted in 82% of the 494 suppliers awarded onto our frameworks since 2015 now pay the living wage.
Julie Welsh, Director of Scotland Excel said: “We are delighted to have won a Living Wage Champion Award. It demonstrates why public procurement is about so much more than the cost of goods and services.
“At Scotland Excel, we are committed to delivering additional social value for communities through the money spent by local authorities, and that includes payment of the Living Wage by our suppliers. As an accredited Living Wage employer ourselves, we are proud to play a part in promoting fair work practices.”
Our focus on leading change in this field has been demonstrated across our tenders, procurement strategies, recommendations and ongoing contract management.
Tess Lanning, Director of the Living Wage Foundation, said: “Congratulations to Scotland Excel on becoming a Living Wage Champion Award winner. They are leading the way in placing dignity and respect at the heart of their organisation, and have gone above and beyond in promoting the Living Wage. “Over 4,200 employers have now signed up to the Living Wage movement, and their leadership is making a profound difference to the lives of families and communities across the UK. Scotland Excel’s work in celebrating and championing the Living Wage has been vital to its success.”