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Highways UK Event Recap

Highways UK Event Recap

Its been nearly 2 weeks since Highways UK, and so I want to reflect on the panel discussion "Action not words: ensuring social value goes beyond just lip service" on which I was a member. The discussion was insightful and thought-provoking, and it highlighted the...

COP27: How Businesses Can Help Achieve Net Zero

COP27: How Businesses Can Help Achieve Net Zero

COP27 saw world leaders descend upon Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheikh resort in force for two weeks in November.  The stakes? Just the future of most life on earth, as international delegations sought to decide on the next steps in the struggle against climate...

Social Value in the NHS – What Happens Now?

Social Value in the NHS – What Happens Now?

On April 1 2022, all NHS bodies commissioning goods and services under the supervision of NHS England - plus bodies acting on their behalf - were required to give a mandatory weighting to Social Value considerations in awarding contracts.  With the NHS accounting...

Can You Be Sure You Aren’t Greenwashing?

Can You Be Sure You Aren’t Greenwashing?

“Greenwashing” by businesses is firmly in the sights of governments and regulators around the world. If your business is now more alert to your environmental impact and the need to create sustainable systems or if you are claiming credit in bids for your environmental...

How an SME Can Win More Work with Social Value

How an SME Can Win More Work with Social Value

Small businesses aren’t exempt from the need to demonstrate social value when they bid for public contracts. And an SME that finds itself in competition with the big players is not at a disadvantage. In fact, the Social Value Model goes a long way to level the playing...

ESG and Social Value: What’s the Difference?

ESG and Social Value: What’s the Difference?

In barely 20 years, Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) has come to dominate financial thinking. This is clearly a cause for celebration: the fact that markets and investors favour responsible companies is hugely welcome. But there is a growing sense that ESG...

Finding Social Value in Your Business: Wellbeing

Finding Social Value in Your Business: Wellbeing

Welcome to the second of our series of blogs looking at the five social value Themes that the government set out in the Social Value Model.  This time, we’re looking at Wellbeing. Just as in the last blog (on Equal Opportunity), we’ll explore: What kinds of...

Finding Social Value in Your Business: Equal Opportunities

Finding Social Value in Your Business: Equal Opportunities

The government’s Social Value Model has brought much-needed clarity to the questions of “what counts as social value?” and “how should it be dealt with in public procurement?” It explores in detail how procuring bodies and businesses looking to submit bids can adhere...

COP26: What It Means for Construction

COP26: What It Means for Construction

The built environment and construction accounts for 38% of total global carbon emissions. So it may surprise you to learn that: The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change’s COP summits have only had a day specifically dedicated to buildings since 2015 This year’s...

COP26: What Can Businesses Do To Help Achieve Net Zero?

COP26: What Can Businesses Do To Help Achieve Net Zero?

450 of the world’s biggest financial companies - controlling 40% of total global assets, worth $130 trillion - pledged to achieve Net Zero by 2050 at the COP26 summit.  But what does that mean in practice? What lessons are there for other businesses to learn from...

What Housing Associations Need To Do About Social Value

What Housing Associations Need To Do About Social Value

The social benefits generated by providing safe, affordable housing for those in need have always been a priority for housing associations. And the revolution in social value requirements that began with PPN06/20 and which will take a big leap forwards with the...

5 ways to get started with carbon reduction today

5 ways to get started with carbon reduction today

Climate crisis. CO2 emissions. Net zero. Carbon neutral. There is no denying that these are hot topics and as we have previously discussed, businesses are poised to make a difference. Consumers, clients, even law makers all look to business to understand what is...

Firms must commit to net zero to win major government contracts

Firms must commit to net zero to win major government contracts

Exciting news for a sustainable future as new measures will require businesses to commit to net zero by 2050 and publish clear and credible carbon reduction plans before they can bid for major government contracts. Supporting the "Build Back Greener" mantra, this new...

What is PPN 06/20 and what are the more recent changes?

What is PPN 06/20 and what are the more recent changes?

Acronyms are a mainstay of the corporate world. If you've ever worked for a large company your days would no doubt have been filled with in house shortenings that only you and your well entrenched company colleagues would understand. A sort of day-to-day code for...

Why you should align your Corporate Responsibility to themes

Why you should align your Corporate Responsibility to themes

For some companies, the notion of corporate responsibility (CR) is still embedded in ideas of philanthropy and good works rather than being recognised as a necessary and sustainable approach to running a business. For these companies, it's still more about what they...

Introduction to Sustainable Development Goals

Introduction to Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were launched by the United Nations in 2015 as a ‘global framework for a sustainable future’, aimed at ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring prosperity for all. Whilst set up to be implemented by governments, the...

3 Big CSR Problems and what to do about them

3 Big CSR Problems and what to do about them

I speak to CSR and Community Relations Managers all the time - in lots of different countries and in lots of different industries. I see fantastic diversity in the community support that is being given by our corporates all over the world and well developed community...

The power of CSR Feedback

The power of CSR Feedback

We are often amazed how hard it is for a business to get CSR feedback on the difference their donations, grants or volunteering hours have made to the community. It is understandable though. Both businesses and community organisations are so incredibly busy that after...

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