Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility - Consultation

Closed 30 Sep 2016

Opened 1 Sep 2016

Feedback Updated 23 May 2017

We Asked

The Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility (the Charter) has been in operation for the past 3 years along with the Council’s Social Value and Living Wage Policies. It’s now time to review them to ensure that they continue to deliver social value benefits to our local communities through the contracts we procure and also from organisations that work in the region.

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Overview

The Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility (the Charter) has been in operation for the past 3 years along with the Council’s Social Value and Living Wage Policies. It’s now time to review them to ensure that they continue to deliver social value benefits to our local communities through the contracts we procure and also from organisations that work in the region.
 
The aims of this review are to:
 
· Understand current awareness and impact of the Charter
· Achieve greater effectiveness and more social value
· Update the Social Value, Birmingham Living Wage and the Charter policies and ensure delivery of the Council's priorities
· Provide greater visibility and co-ordination of Social Value within the Council and enable wider collaboration in the region
· Improve understanding and capabilities of those defining and offering social value
· Increase capacity and simplify processes through improved use of systems
· greater promotion of the outputs and benefits achieved

Why We Are Consulting

There are now over 350 signatories covering £500m (2015/16 FY) of Council spend and we expect many more to follow. We have continued to refine the way the Charter is implemented to improve processes and make commitments more specific, relevant,
proportionate and measurable.
 
The following are examples of recent and ongoing improvements:
 
· Simplified action planning process, with commitments covering the full contract period as opposed to being renewed on a 12 month basis.
· Introduction of a tiered approach to applying the Charter.
· Proposing to remove requirements in the Charter that are in any case legislative.
· Finalising the improved functionality of our e-tendering system to capture and report the Charter Action Plans from tender through to contract management and beyond to non-contracted organisations’ action plans.
 
We now want your feedback to help us shape the policies, so please take a few minutes to complete the questionnaire.
 
Your feedback will help to deliver greater social value locally
 
Note:
the questionnaire relates to the Social Value Policy and the Charter only. Further consultation will be undertaken regarding the Living Wage Policy at a later date.

Areas

  • CITY-WIDE

Audiences

  • All residents

Interests

  • Business