Resources

BCSPI case studies

BCSPI members are integrating social procurement into their purchasing to create social, environmental and ethical outcomes for their communities. These case studies dig deeper into a selection of procurement scenarios from across the region, describing the process, outcomes and lessons learned.

BCSPI member resources

BCSPI members get access to a number of social procurement resources designed by subject matter experts. Member resources include templates, guides and a library packed with examples. Combined with BCSPI’s project-by-project consulting support, these resources make implementing social procurement achievable and management.

RFP Template for Goods & Services with Social Value

This RFP template for goods and services purchasing incorporates social value language and evaluation criteria. The template includes space for member-specific clauses to be added throughout.

Social procurement resources

Social Value RFx Questionnaire Design Guide

The Social Value RFx Questionnaire design guide can be used to develop and score social procurement outcomes for competitive bid processes. Members can customize the questionnaire and include it in their RFx documents as an appendix.

Sample RFQ for Construction Projects Under $250K

This template assists members in preparing a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for smaller construction projects with a focus on the inclusion of small and medium sized enterprises (SME) and social value suppliers.

Social procurement resources
Social procurement resources

Social Procurement Policy Template & Guide

This template provides a complete outline for a municipal purchasing policy inclusive of  social procurement. It is fully customizable and members can easily insert information and other clauses specific to their organization throughout.

Request For Information (RFI) Template

This template provides a standardized tool for members to identify and collect information about social value vendors serving their region to create a database for consideration in direct award and under threshold purchasing.

Social procurement resources

RFP Template for Goods & Services with Social Value

Social Value RFx Questionnaire Design Guide

Sample RFQ for Construction Projects Under $250K

Social Procurement Policy Template & Guide

Request For Information (RFI) Template

BCSPI coaching & consulting services

The BCSPI team of social procurement and supply chain experts provide consulting & coaching services to members on a project-by project basis including:

  • Planning your social procurement implementation journey
  • Initial project review & scoping
  • Identification of social procurement objectives
  • Social value language inclusion
  • Social value evaluation & weighting determination
  • Identifying outcomes and measurement criteria
  • Supplier engagement strategy
  • Policy development & implementation

Larry Berglund - Principal, Presentations Plus

Larry is the Principal at Presentations Plus Coaching & Consulting. He has held supply chain leadership roles in the forest industry, public health care, municipal government, university operations, academia. As a procurement & supply chain consultant since 2010 he has worked with government and other organizations across Canada and internationally. He is an accredited member and a Fellow of the Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA). He holds an MBA and has published a variety of supply chain articles and books.

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David LePage - Managing Partner, Buy Social Canada

David is Managing Partner at Buy Social Canada and has been a pioneer and subject matter expert in social procurement dating back to his 2003 exploration of demand side models through the Social Purchasing Portal. David and the Buy Social Canada team work with governments and organizations across Canada and internationally to conduct social procurement training and create social procurement implementation strategies. David is the author of “Marketplace Revolution – from Concentrated Wealth to Community Capital”.

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Rory Kulmala - CEO, Vancouver Island Construction Association

Rory is CEO at Vancouver Island Construction Association (VICA) and has accreditation as an Applied Science Technologist and a Project Management Professional. Rory provides support to BCSPI members on integration of social procurement outcomes within construction and infrastructure projects. He also provides liaison and industry engagement  with the construction sector to help familiarize contractors with social procurement and community benefit approaches.

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Larry Berglund - Principal, Presentations Plus

about british columbia social procurement initiative

David LePage - Managing Partner, Buy Social Canada

about british columbia social procurement initiative

Rory Kulmala - CEO, Vancouver Island Construction Association

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Impact measurement tools

BCSPI members get access to a number of impact management resources to support their social procurement implementation. These essential tools help members to measure the outcomes and impact of their social procurement in support of their identified community objectives.

BCSPI Impact Report

BCSPI Annual Impact Report 2021-2022

BCSPI is piloting a common Impact Measurement Framework to help members understand and measure the social and sustainable impact of their purchasing. BCSPI’s first Annual Impact Report explores the impact created by members from 2021-2022.  Access the report here.

Impact Measurement Framework

BCSPI’s region-wide impact measurement framework for social procurement makes it easy for members to measure and report on social procurement outcomes and impact. The framework is aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Social procurement resources
Social procurement resources

Impact Measurement Framework Guide

This guide accompanies the impact measurement framework for social procurement. The measurement framework and guide provide a common basis for measuring social procurement at a regional level that is linked to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Access the guide here.

Tool Spotlight: Purchase for Impact & Measure What Matters

As social procurement criteria in RFx become more common, governments and organizations need to measure and report out the community benefits their dollars are creating. Join the BCPSI Impact Measurement Working Group for an overview of the impact measurement framework and the tools you need to start measuring your impact today.

Supplier engagement resources

BCSPI members get access to supplier engagement resources that help bridge the all-important gap between purchasers and social value suppliers. These resources support vendors in understanding the opportunities available through social procurement and how to respond to and deliver on competitive bid opportunities.

Social procurement resources

Vendor Outreach Guide

This guide is designed to support BCSPI members with strategies and to engage with and enhance relationships with social value suppliers. The guide covers 10 key areas that can contribute to successful relationships and engagement between  purchasers and suppliers. Access the guide here.

Vendor Information Sheet

Local governments and public institutions want to buy from businesses who are aligned with their values and can contribute to community well-being and resiliency. This information sheet helps suppliers respond to purchasing opportunities that include social and environmental criteria. Access the info sheet here.

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Tool Spotlight: Vendor Outreach Guide

This video provides an overview of how to use the BCSPI Vendor Outreach Guide. It provides an overview of important vendor outreach and engagement strategies and explores the ten key areas found in the guide that can contribute to successful engagement between social value purchasers and suppliers.

Impact measurement Framework

Impact Measurement Framework Guide

Vendor Outreach Guide

Vendor Information Sheet

More BCSPI member resources

Members get access to an online knowledge hub and resource library containing hundreds of social procurement examples from BCSPI members and other organizations, in-depth industry reports and a wealth of other helpful information.  

The BCSPI webinar library contains over 25 pre-recorded deeper dives into topics like social procurement for COVID-19 recovery, trade agreements, social value inclusion for RFx, drafting a social procurement policy, social procurement in construction projects and more.

BCSPI’s community of practice provides opportunities for member purchasing staff to engage in discussion and shared learning. Challenges, successes, resources and outcomes are all shared to support members’ social procurement implementation journey.

Other social procurement resources

BCSPI service delivery partner, Buy Social Canada provides a selection of publicly available resources to learn more about social procurement and how these new best practices can be implemented in a variety of procurement scenarios.

Guide to Social Procurement
Construction Guide to Social Procurement
Supplier Guide to Social Procurement
Social Value Menu
Social Value Menu
Social Value Menu

Join BCSPI today and get access to training, resources & more

Joining BCSPI is easy, impactful and affordable. Visit our membership page to learn more about becoming a member.

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