Your buying decisions have the power to create a fairer society

At CCS, we’re not just about helping you to save money. Our agreements have been designed to empower you to achieve the social value goals that are most important to your organisation. This includes things like:

  • diversifying your supply chains
  • increasing opportunities for local suppliers
  • creating apprenticeships
  • reducing carbon emissions 
  • promoting equality and diversity
  • ensuring your supply chains are free from modern slavery

Every contract the public sector signs is an opportunity to make society better, fairer and greener. We’re here to help you maximise social value in your procurement process.

Charlene Maginnis, Head of Policy Delivery, Supply Chain and Service Offering, explains more about the importance of social value and how we can help you achieve your goals.

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On many of our agreements suppliers are ready to help you meet social value objectives, such as fighting climate change or tackling inequality, making it easier for you to take account of the latest public procurement policies.
Charlene Maginnis
Head of Policy Delivery, Supply Chain and Service Offering, CCS

Webinar: Achieving social value through public sector procurement

Our social value team discusses the implications of the Social Value Act on public sector buyers and the growing demand for social value through contracts.

It’s really important that we use every opportunity that we can to bring about additional benefits that improve the wellbeing and lives of our citizens.

Supporting your social value goals

  • Whole market approach

    We take a ‘whole market’ approach by talking to customers at the earliest opportunity to get a clear understanding of their needs, and to suppliers to explore what the market can provide.

  • Supplier bids

    At the tender stage we ask suppliers to demonstrate how their policies, strategies, systems and ways of working will help you achieve the social, economic and environmental benefits you seek.

  • Supplier payment

    We’ve worked hard to address payment practices so more invoices are paid from suppliers to their supply chains within 60 days – encouraging smaller, regional and more specialist suppliers to do business with us.

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Procurement Essentials

Procurement Essentials is our series of articles to help you overcome common hurdles, understand key concepts, and make your life as a buyer of everyday goods and services easier.

Helpful information before you start buying

Your buying decisions have the power to boost local economy, make our society fairer, strengthen communities and make the future greener. Make those decisions with CCS.

  • Commercial Insider

    In this series of interviews, experts from across CCS share their views on the key themes and debates in public procurement right now.

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  • Aggregation

    We use aggregation, or ‘collective buying’ to bring together customers with similar needs to achieve savings and favourable terms through increased buying power.

    Find out how aggregation works

  • Modern slavery

    We have an important role to play in preventing modern slavery in our supply chains. We work closely with the Home Office and Cabinet Office to make sure the government has a robust modern slavery strategy.

    Learn more

  • Buying sustainably

    We want to make it as easy as possible for you to decarbonise. We have a wide range of commercial solutions that can help you accelerate the transition to net zero.

    Discover more

Key policy notes

Blogs, news and case studies

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Knowledge is power

Webinars (1 )

  1. Delivering social value through public sector procurement

    We will discuss the implications of the Social Value Act on public sector buyers and the growing demand for social value through contracts.

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