- Report Date
- May 2020
To our knowledge, some community benefits have been successfully included in procurement processes (e.g. DDI-related projects), and possibly delivered (with varying levels of success), but there is currently no routine inclusion of community benefit clauses in procurement processes. SRS colleagues have made efforts to achieve this, whcih to date have included:
- Contacting community grant recipients to find out what they need
- Following discussion with Karen Bowman (Procurement Director), creating a list of typical benefits (aligned to themes and with various options depending on contract scale and topic) that could be included, the aim being that this could be used by contract managers in Procurement. Adoption of this tool, or something like it, has not yet been achieved due to a range of practical and cultural reasons.
The University has won an award for its social and community benefit in procurement (https://www.ed.ac.uk/procurement/procurement-bulletin/november-bulletin/go-awards), which recognised, among other things, its community benefit policy - https://www.ed.ac.uk/files/atoms/files/uoe_procurement_community_benefits_policy.pdf. Comprehensive policy implementation is, therefore, the current next step for this project.