Argyll and Bute Council’s innovative new approach of including Community Benefits Clauses (CBC) in the contracts it awards has been shortlisted as a finalist in the prestigious GO Sustainable Procurement Award Local Authorities category.
The council’s initiative has seen positive socio-economic environmental impacts and helped increase employment, apprenticeships and work placement opportunities and other community benefits including, the use of Argyll and Bute based contractors and suppliers, training for sub-contractors, education support initiatives, community enhancement projects and local sponsorship.
The GO Awards Scotland celebrate procurement excellence and innovation and are open to public, private and third sector organisations.
Councillor Rory Colville, Argyll and Bute Council’s Policy Lead for Corporate Services, said:
“It’s a real achievement for our Procurement Team to be shortlisted for such a prestigious national award as the calibre of those on the shortlist is high.
“The council’s innovative approach of embedding these requirements within its tender documents ensures all those bidding for contracts are aware that community benefit and sustainability are at the heart of our procurement process. I am particularly pleased to see the benefits to many of our schools, the apprentices and employment opportunities that have been created.
“This accolade is testament to their hard work and commitment and I wish them the best of luck in the final.”
The council now includes CBCs as standard in all works contracts worth over £500,000 and in supplies and service contracts over £100,000. The clauses require contractors to provide a method statement, timescale and specific benefits to meet the required threshold for the contract. This allows the council to monitor performance and provides clear evidence of measureable community benefit.
In the past two years the council has awarded 24 contracts, worth in the region of £48 million, containing Community Benefit Clauses in the contract requirements.
The council team is up against Fife Council, Scotland Excel and Tayside Procurement Consortium in the category. Winners will be announced at ceremony in Glasgow on 25 October 2017.