The Council’s aim is to ensure Croydon benefits from the expenditure related to the contracts procured, changing people’s lives for the better in terms of local employment, training, sub-contracting opportunities, community support and environmental initiatives.
The Council wishes to work in partnership with its service, works and goods providers and supply chain partners to achieve social value from all contracted spend, ensuring that its contracts deliver long-lasting and sustainable positive impacts and outcomes for Croydon’s communities and businesses.
Social value can take almost any form, ranging from the very tangible, jobs for the long-term unemployed, or sub-contracting opportunities for small businesses, to softer, but equally important benefits, engagement with communities or groups of individuals who might otherwise feel entirely disengaged. This approach also supports the Council in fulfilling its public sector equality and diversity duties.
Partners that deliver social value via contractual arrangements with the council are expected to report on delivery of their commitments and target as part of the contract management, engage with Value Croydon and wider local community initiatives and provide an annual summary report listing their key achievements and a case study that showcases an example of where they created a real impact.
The sections below provide a general introduction to the local social value delivery framework.