IEMA responds to the Consultation on Social Value in Government Procurement
IEMA welcomes the focus of this government consultation on incorporating social value outcomes into the government’s procurement process. Following extensive member engagement led by IEMA Policy Lead Marc Jourdan, IEMA has submitted its response commenting on key aspects of the government’s proposed policy metrics.
The initial consultation document and its policy metrics (set out in Annex A) are available to view here - https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/social-value-in-government-procurement
Some common perspectives were teased out during the member engagement which helped to set out IEMA’s key points on the proposed policy metrics including:
As for at the government’s proposed minimum 10% weighting for evaluating social value in the bid, IEMA advocated the need to propose a higher weighting for metrics where greater social value can be obtained. It stressed that this should be accompanied by guidance as to what weight should be attributed to each metric in terms of achieving social value outcomes (i.e. Does providing evidence of strong compliance under one metric implicitly achieve x% of compliance under another metric).
Looking at the potential barriers that could be created by proposed approach for particular sizes or types of bidders, IEMA found that SME or VCSEs may not have the necessary funding and other resources to implement management systems that are sufficiently robust to ensure the full scope of social value outcomes are captured throughout their supply chain. IEMA therefore encouraged government to align its Annex A requirements with recognised reporting frameworks. In doing so, this would support a unified approach to the information required to be reported by smaller organisations, and in turn provide more flexibility in delivering social value outcomes.
Advising the government on its internal capacity to support sustainable procurement, IEMA strongly encouraged the government to adopt ISO 20400. It found that this could aid in adopting a standard approach to procurement across all government departments and functions and provide a strategic framework for an organisation to procure sustainably.
Finally, emphasising the value of skills, IEMA advocated the need to support the training and upskilling of professionals with procurement responsibilities, in order to provide capacity building in ‘Sustainability’ so that sustainable procurement could integrate social value.
The full version of the IEMA response is available HERE
Should you wish to participate in further engagement activities around the topic of social value then please contact Marc Jourdan on firstname.lastname@example.org.