A new survey from Arden & GEM is capturing the views of people working in and with the public sector on how social value responsibilities and ambitions are being tackled.
For the past ten years, the Social Value Act has given public authorities a legal responsibility to contribute to the social, environmental and economic sustainability of their communities, and society as a whole.
The need to adhere to recent legislative shifts in procurement, combined with the NHS’s ambition to become the world’s first net zero health system, has placed social value high on the list of ‘must dos’ for Integrated Care Systems (ICSs).
Additionally, social value has a pivotal role to play in improving population health and wellbeing, reducing health inequalities and delivering economic sustainability. Yet, systems and organisations are at different stages in their social value journey and knowing where and how to start can be a challenge.
The aim of the short survey is to discover what people working in and supporting the public sector understand by social value, what progress they have made against their social value responsibilities and how we can come together as a sector to take social value forward.
Anyone with responsibility for, or an interest in, social value is encouraged to complete the survey and share the link with their colleagues.
The survey is open until Friday 17 February 2023, with initial findings shared at Arden & GEM’s ‘Understanding the importance of social value in the public sector’ webinar on Thursday 16 March.