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July 2020 News & Updates

City of Victoria Releases Supplier RFI

The City of Victoria is the first CCSPI member to release a Request for Information (RFI) to prequalify suppliers and begin developing a localized directory that procurement staff can access when making direct award, under threshold and other purchasing decisions.

Want to learn more? You can watch the accompanying info session below and access the RFI documents at the CCSPI supplier resources page.

Want to release your own regional RFI? All CCSPI members now have access to a new standardized RFI template that can be accessed via the member portal

As each member community gets ready to post their own RFI, CCSPI is on hand to provide support and deliver an accompanying info session. 
Please contact Rob Fisher for more information.
 

qathet Regional Districts Begins Social Procurement Trial 

CCSPI member, qathet Regional District is currently trialling the inclusion of social value criteria in eligible projects with a view to moving towards creating a social procurement policy.

The first Request for Tender (RFT) that includes social procurement language was released on July 3. The tender documents contain an evaluation matrix and Statement of Environmental and Social Commitment. and can be viewed at the Regional District's website.

As CCSPI members work towards implementation of social procurement, pilot projects may be identified that could include social value criteria. All CCSPI members have ten hours of consultation time as part of their membership and the CCSPI team is available to provide expert consultation and RFx review. If you have a project you'd like to discuss, please click below to book a consultation with one of our team.

Book a CCSPI Consultation

Watch the Webinar: New Tools for Social Procurement Implementation

You can now access a recording of last month's special webinar with Elizabeth Chick, Executive Director at Buy Social Canada for an in-depth look at the newly updated Buy Social Canada Social Value Menu templates.

Both templates, Community Benefit Agreements and Community Employment Benefits, are available to download on the Buy Social Canada website. CCSPI members can also access these resources via the CCSPI member portal.
 

Register Now For SP101 Online



Next online session for SP101 - Introduction to Social Procurement is on July 15

SP101 is a great introductory learning session, covering the why, what and how including the evolution of social procurement, key concepts and best practice examples.

CCSPI members can register free via the member portal and non-members can register at cost on the CCSPI website

If you would like to schedule SP201, SP301 or other training for your team, please contact Rob Fisher.

Province Opens Applications for Infrastructure Funding

The Province is accepting applications from local governments, community groups and First Nations for nearly $160 million in infrastructure grants intended to help strengthen communities throughout British Columbia.
 
Infrastructure projects represent an excellent opportunity to include social value in order to create community benefit outcomes in support of economic recovery, including local employment, training opportunities and employment of those facing barriers.

Find Out More

Want to learn more about other ways procurement can play a role in economic recovery? Watch the Procurement, Resilient Economies and COVID-19 webinar and check out the accompanying 2-page info sheet for ideas on how to implement social procurement as a key tool for COVID-19 recovery efforts.

Celebrate The Launch Of David LePage's New Book, Marketplace Revolution













 

David LePage's new book, Marketplace Revolution - from Concentrated Wealth to Community Capital is out now

Get your copy now at the Buy Social Canada website

Join David and the Buy Social Canada team at the official online global book launch tomorrow to celebrate and continue the inspiring conversations around the Social Value Marketplace. The event will include an interview and questions with David and celebrations with other leaders in the social value marketplace.

Marketplace Revolution Global Book Launch
Tuesday July 7, 2020 at 9:00am PST

Register Here

Making Socially Responsible Public Procurement Work - EU Case Studies


This new report from the Office of the EU showcases 71 case study examples of how purchasers have achieved social benefits in practice. The report provides great examples of the many opportunities for social procurement implementation.

The case studies come from 27 countries and address a diverse selection of products and services from a wide range of purchasers, ranging from local governments to municipalities, school boards, academic, health and social service organizations.

 
Here are just a few of our favorites:
  • #4 - Denmark: Employment training and apprenticeships as the deciding award criteria
  • #7 - Poland: Including homeless people by providing cleaning services to the Municipality of Wrocław
  • #19 - Norway: Socially responsible procurement of food and beverages by the City of Oslo
  • #55 - Dublin: Building Social Inclusion and Employment into Construction and Security Contracts
  • #56 - Germany: Creation of job opportunities to prevent long-term unemployment in local markets through public procurement
  • #71 - Spain: Strategy for Socially Responsible Public Procurement at Pamplona City Council
Access The Full Report

Article: Does social procurement offer part of the solution to the COVID recession?

This article by Mark Daniels, Executive Director of Operations at Social Traders, discusses how the State of Victoria, Australia is able to utilize social procurement as a key part of their economic recovery.

The State of Victoria has been using social procurement to address inequality and long-term unemployment for a number of years and other state governments in Australia are also exploring the benefits that social procurement can provide.

 
Read The Full Article

Social Value Marketplace Podcast - Construction Projects Create Social Value

Episode 4 of Buy Social Canada's Social Value Marketplace podcast is now available. This new episode explores the power and potential at the intersection of construction and social procurement.

Special guest Martin Loosemore, Professor of Construction Management at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia describes what works, what doesn’t, and how to proceed to what’s next.

 

Listen Now
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