The Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM) has welcomed the government's new social value model and procurement guidance that was published last week, saying it will "drive up" procurement standards.
The government launched fresh proposals setting out what businesses will need to do to fulfil certain social value criteria when seeking to win government contracts.
Government departments will use the social value model to assess and score suppliers on the wider positive benefits they bring by delivering the contract.
The measures seek to promote new jobs and skills, encourage economic growth and prosperity, tackle climate change and level up the UK, according to the Cabinet Office announcement.
The new approach will mean there will provide more opportunities for SMEs and social enterprises to win government contracts by "demonstrating the full extent of the value they would generate".
The government stated that "value for money will still be paramount, but a bidder’s social value score will be incorporated into assessment of contracts".
Sofie Hooper, head of policy at the IWFM, told Facilitate: “We warmly welcome this important step forward. With government spending £49bn each year on public procurement, embedding social value within contracts will clearly have an impact on the entire supply chain, potentially transforming and driving up procurement standards and best practice.
"The new model, based on a series of themes, outcomes and metrics, offers greater opportunities for socially responsible, forward-thinking suppliers, particularly SMEs and social enterprises, to demonstrate the full extent of the value they would generate.
“In partnership with the Social Value Portal, IWFM are driving progress on a sector-specific National Themes Outcomes and Measures (TOMs) ‘plug-in’ designed to help FM organisations and in house teams maximise, measure and report on the social value they create through the sourcing and delivery of their services. The ‘plug-in’ framework and guidance will be available later this year.”