Perth and Kinross Council (PKC) have committed to working with local communities and businesses to create social impact from contracted spend.
It is part of their Sustainable Procurement Policy, for PKC to ask suppliers to work in partnership with them to support local communities in a real and sustainable way.
Historically when adding community benefits to requirements, PKC found that in terms of subsequent delivered outcomes, the benefit was not always clear. Analysis suggested that the benefits on offer from suppliers weren’t aligned with the Community’s needs. To remedy this and to try to engage better with both suppliers and communities PKC created an innovative way for local organisations to ask for what they needed – the Community Benefits Wish List.
Local communities can add to the wish list using PKC’s onlinecommunity benefits wish list form, explaining what they need. This may be sponsorship, donations of material or labour, presentations, work experience placements and any other community related help.
“This form of Community Benefits list is a great way to open up the opportunities for small community projects to get the assistance they really need, allowing companies to offer voluntary support along with providing equipment and financial assistance”
PKC have worked hard to raise awareness of their approach and to share this with other organisations, working closely with the Supplier Development Programme to promote the initiative amongst SMEs.
In February 2020, PKC demonstrated their Wish List approach as part of the Community Engagement workshops at the Scottish Governments Annual National Procurement Conference to excellent feedback. Over 20 organisations were interested in learning more, with PKC providing resources and support resulting in engagements with a further 10 councils.
As a fitting recognition of their creative, community-focussed approach to procurement, PKC were winners of the “Social Value” category in this year’s GO Awards – Scotland’s leading public procurement excellence awards.