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Community Benefits have been a presence in public sector construction contracts in Scotland since the mid 2000s but they have evolved from ‘output’ oriented activities such as jobs, work placements and school visits into more ‘outcomes and impact’ aligned objectives such as reducing inequalities and increasing educational attainment within communities.
Increasingly referred to as social value, such contractual commitments to deliver additional value are now enshrined in procurement legislation throughout the UK and impact service and professional contracts as well as construction/infrastructure projects. Organisations have increasingly had to demonstrate the positive impacts they can deliver in the communities in which they are working.
At the same time, expectations on organisations to become more sustainable have driven many to evolve their Corporate Responsibility strategies and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) approaches to include initiatives around diversity, inclusion and fairness to reach beyond their workforce and into communities and other stakeholders.
This rapid evolution has raised many questions for organisations around their purpose, how they resource any initiatives and, crucially, how they measure them.
How is social value to evolve in the future? Will it become another tick box exercise or will it take on increasing significance in a world where inequality is increasing, capitalism and growth are being questioned and there is a climate emergency?
The Gosforth Depot project is a staged demolition of the existing Victorian-era depot and the construction of a new state-of-the-art facility that will service and maintain new rolling stock over the next 35 years.
Join the ICE Manchester branch for a guided tour of the Peak Forest Canal with engineering highlights along the way.
Dr Clive Walmsley will provide an insight CoP26 and reflections on its outcome, principally from a Welsh perspective. In the run up to CoP focus was on climate change, six months later, what impetus has it provided, and how has it influenced our policy and action?