13 March 2008 | Jake Kanter
Most buyers do not include social benefit clauses in contracts with suppliers, according to the latest SM poll.
The survey of 100 buyers found 75 per cent had never inserted such clauses and only 15 per cent had. A further 10 per cent said they would do so in the next 12 months.
The clauses make it a contractual requirement for suppliers to provide some kind of benefit for the local area, such as training and jobs.
Buyers who have not included the clauses said it could represent a form of "false charity", where suppliers follow a client's ideals rather than their own.
Those who have used the clauses argued they are more useful for public sector buyers who can legislate and set social targets for their suppliers.