Social value

The concept of social value invites us to go beyond the narrow limits of 'value for money' in terms of the direct purchase of goods, services and outcomes. It involves thinking about the triple bottom line of sustainability (see diagram below) and relating this to commissioning services and procurement.

The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 requires public bodies to consider the economic, social and environmental well-being of the geographical area in which they operate. Social value can be considered at the pre-procurement phase, allowing it to be properly embedded from the outset.

This section presents a brief overview of the topic, beginning by setting out the core legislation. It then considers how social value can be practically implemented and measured.

Triple bottom line of sustainability

This section is maintained by Social Enterprise UK