Sustainable procurement is aimed at securing the maximum economic, social and environmental benefit for East Renfrewshire's residents and businesses from investment into the area.
ERC's Community Benefits contract clauses seek to introduce measures which secure opportunities for training and employment, work placements, school curriculum support, community enhancement and SME supply chain development, based on the evidence of need in the East Renfrewshire area.
East Renfrewshire Council has a significant pipeline of major construction projects over the next 10 years emerging from both capital funded Strategic Development Opportunities identified in the Local Development Plan and City Deal funded infrastructure and development projects. Further information can be accessed via the related pages section on the right. It is the Council's intention to maximise opportunities across all of these developments through the implementation of Community Benefit Agreements.
Private sector partners who are successfully appointed through ERC procurement will be expected to embrace East Renfrewshire Council's requirements for delivering a range of community benefits. Community benefits can be incorporated on a contractual or voluntary basis. All contracts valued over £50,000 will have Community Benefit clauses contained within the contract. What is delivered under the clauses will be calculated through Community Benefit Points (CBPs).
East Renfrewshire Council will take a proactive approach with suppliers to provide early, strong and clear guidelines of CB expectations. The Council's lead Community Benefits Officer will:
Link suppliers to other ERC departments and partner agencies including the Construction Plus Partnership;
Advise on the process to develop and deliver the supplier's CB Method Statement
Work with the Contract Manager to monitor supplier's CB requirements and achievements and provide ongoing support to ensure delivery and celebrate CB success.
Successful suppliers will be invited to engage with the Council's Construction Plus Partnership with access to a network of training providers, education institutes, employability teams and other private sector suppliers who can provide a wide range of support to facilitate the delivery of a supplier's community benefits obligations.
Please refer to the Community Benefits case studies on the right hand side to see how existing members of the Construction Plus Partnership have successfully delivered their Community Benefit obligations.