New knowledge partnership with YPO, specialists in public sector procurement, offers targeted resources on social value to CIPS public sector professionals

CIPS 17 January 2017

The papers available include a summary, ‘What is Social Value?’ 

The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS), the largest professional body in the world and YPO public sector procurement specialists, have forged a partnership to offer CIPS members knowledge resources to support public sector procurement.

YPO is a publicly-owned organisation supplying products and services to a wide range of customers such as schools, local authorities, charities and the emergency services.

The public sector has a responsibility to source better savings, service and quality. As a CIPS Knowledge partner YPO will also provide information on social value - a concept that looks at the collective benefits to the wider community, including the non-financial impact of organisations such as wellbeing of individuals and community, social capital and the environment. 

The papers available include a summary, ‘What is Social Value?’ which highlights the key points such as how organisational spend can drive social and economic opportunities to match the needs of those most vulnerable in our society and protecting the planet. Examples of social value include:

-          Apprenticeships scheme

-          Training programmes for staff

-          Work placement and work experience

-          Increasing recycling and reducing landfill

-          Supporting local business with sourcing contracts

-          Using more SMEs

-          Charitable donations and awareness raising

 Another paper offers insights on how to use social value for smarter procurement activities and how to measure the effects of those activities through online portals.  An additional paper offers advice and guidance on the requirements of the UK’s 2015 Modern Slavery Act.

David Noble, Group CEO, CIPS said:

“The public sector has a huge responsibility, and is naturally under intense scrutiny to do the right thing, lead the way in good practice and make the most of every pound from the taxpayer. It is resources like these that ensure responsibility for buying results with the best outcome possible not only for the organisation itself but also the environment, local community and local economies.

“From seeking out slavery in supply chains, to using more SMEs to match central Government’s commitment to support small businesses, every public sector department can use social value and procurement combined for the greater good.”

Simon Hill, Managing Director, YPO

“We believe that good procurement can help make the world a better place. Our choices and those of our suppliers continuously impact our environment, economy and the society that we all live in. As responsible businesses, we can all do our part to be sustainable and protect our customers, employees and suppliers by understanding social value. These days, customers expect more for less and it’s not enough just to offer a great price, service or quality any more. Customers are asking us about social value.

With our CIPS Knowledge Partnership, we’re aiming to provide members with insight and resources on social value as a concept and how to implement, measure and maintain it.”

Papers are available on the CIPS website

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Trudy Salandiak, PR Manager;; +44 (0) 1780 761576; 07554 400 731


Fiona Wilkins, Corporate Communications Manager;; 01924 834907

About YPO

YPO supplies products and services to a wide range of customers including schools, local authorities, charities, emergency services, public sector and other businesses such as nurseries and care homes.

We're 100% publicly owned, by 13 local authorities, which means the profits we make are returned to our public sector customers, delivering even better value for money.

We have a large choice available from leading UK suppliers, so we can provide you with everything you could possibly need to successfully run your organisation.

Our range includes around 30,000 products and 100 frameworks; so whether it’s pens and paper, computers, furniture, or even things like electricity, food and insurance, we can help you get the best deals around.

As we can combine your demands with our other customers, we can negotiate a better deal for you than if you tried on your own. All of this means that you receive the best possible range and prices without ever having to compromise on service or quality.; @ypoprocurement

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