Social Procurement Procedure
The Social Procurement Procedure is a 19 page document with instructions. The document includes Social Procurement Policy Guidelines, an introduction into Social Procurement, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, 6 steps in developing and implementing Social Procurement Procedure. The document also includes a revision record, document ownership and document status. The document then goes into the main body which includes 3 headings and 8 sub headings.
This Social Procurement Procedure sets out the policies and procedures governing the organisation’s approach to Social Procurement, which will have primary carriage within the Contracts & Procurement function, and also involve other functions within the organisation. As such this Social Procurement Procedure should be developed and regularly reviewed in line with Contracts & Procurement Procedure (XXX-CP-GOV-CPP-000).
The United Nations implemented the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, with the aim to create a better and sustainable future. These goals include all areas that are affecting the world, such as climate change, poverty, inequality, education, creating job opportunities for youth and much more. The goals provide a useful guide for a company, of whatever size, to ensure global challenges are recognised and addressed.
Organisations in the private and public sectors of Australia are adopting aspects of Social Procurement within their policies and procedures. State Government expends funds on efforts and programs, to increase the social and economic participation of minority groups who need extra assistance to take up these employment opportunities. The intention is to maximize the creation of training and employment opportunities for targeted minority groups who may normally not receive these opportunities. Some of these people may include long term unemployed or at risk of long-term unemployment, disadvantaged, diversity groups, Indigenous, migrants and disabled people. Organisations have become conscious of how to tender, purchase goods and services and how this process can ʻvalue-addʼ while generating a positive social impact. Examples are local employment, training, diversity, equality outcomes, and social inclusion. This allows for businesses and government to create positive social and environmental externalities through their procurement processes.
Social Procurement Policy and practice is expanding across more industries and becoming a more critical point of business i.e., pre-employment programs, seeks to support minority groups into employment. These activities assist key minority groups to become closer to more employment opportunities. The availability of guaranteed employment opportunities is a key contributing factor in the success of these efforts. Other benefits include local economic development and providing credible and diverse alternatives in the supply of goods and services.