Social Procurement Training for Governments & Institutional Purchasers
BCSPI offers core training sessions and subject-specific webinars designed to help governments and institutional purchasers implement social procurement practices across their purchasing.
Core training is only available to BCSPI member organizations. Registration can be accessed through the membership portal.
Please note: Due to health & safety considerations in response to COVID-19, until further notice, all upcoming training sessions will now be delivered online.
We appreciate your understanding during this time.
Introduction to BCSPI & Social Procurement
Join Rob Fisher of BCSPI and Tori Williamson of Buy Social Canada for a 30 minute info-session that will provide an introduction to BCSPI and social procurement as a concept.
The short 30 minute info-session will discuss how BCSPI, a unique regional initiative based in British Columbia, Canada, has grown in just two years from 6 to 30 members, realized over $200 million in procurement spend with added social value and seen social procurement implemented in over 50 pilot projects.
If some of these concepts are new to you, we will also explore the what, why and how of social procurement as an emerging best practice that can unlock multiple community benefits from existing government and institutional purchasing.
SP 101 - Introduction to Social Procurement
The 2-hour training session will utilize lecture, discussion, real-world examples and interactive activities to provide a complete introduction to Social Procurement and how to begin working towards implementation in your organization.
- Understanding what social procurement is and why it is importantUnderstanding how social procurement can play a role in COVID-19 recovery
- Social procurement best practices and examples
- Identifying social procurement opportunities and next steps
SP 201 - Implementation of Social Procurement
Building on SP 101 training, this session takes a basic understanding of social procurement to the next level and shows ways to begin to implement, measure and communicate social value.
The session is interactive and attendees will have opportunity to work through the stages of several purchasing scenarios in groups. Topics covered include:
- Social procurement pathways and procurement types
- Group exercises working through procurement scenarios
- Identifying social procurement opportunities and next steps for implementation
- Impact measurement & evaluation
- Communication and implementation strategies
By the end of the session attendees will be able to identify opportunities for social procurement in a variety of projects and connect procurement outcomes with achieving local social and community development objectives.
SP 301 - Implementation of Social Procurement in Construction Projects
Building on SP 101 & 201 training, this session focuses on the implementation of social procurement in construction projects. Topics covered include:
- Social procurement strategies for construction and infrastructure projects under $250K
- Project planning and monitoring
- Tools to achieve social objectives & assess outcomes
- Criteria and evaluation
- Unbundling of large contracts
- Exploring opportunities in the social value supply chain
- Impact measurement and change management
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Training Resources & Guides
Guide to Social Procurement
This guidebook is an introduction to the why, what, and how of social procurement in Canada. It was developed by Buy Social Canada for several audiences: organizations taking the necessary steps towards social procurement implementation; others considering whether to or how to integrate social value into their current procurement practices; or simply those curious about social procurement more generally.
Social Value Menu Templates
The newly updated Buy Social Canada Social Value Menu now has two new versions: Community Benefit Agreements and Community Employment Benefits.
Social procurement is evolving as a standard means to leverage a greater value from existing procurement of goods and services. Concurrently, with the emergence of Community Benefit Agreements (CBAs), and the Community Employment Benefit (CEB) initiative process, there is a need to have a framework and guidelines to support an added social value from major developments and construction projects.
The purpose of these documents is to help users design, evaluate and implement a social value into their procurement processes for goods and services or major infrastructure and developments.
Procurement, Resilient Economies and COVID-19
This special webinar, presented by David LePage of Buy Social Canada and Rory Kulmala of the Vancouver Island Construction Association, outlines how social procurement approaches can support local COVID-19-related adaptation and recovery efforts.
Good Practices, Verified and Amplified
Curious about living wage and other ‘social good’ certifications?
This webinar provides an overview to key certifications like Living Wage, Buy Social, BCorp and Fair Trade, as both a way for local governments to identify social value suppliers as well as a way to incorporate these practices into their own operations.
Please note: The ideas, opinions, and suggestions expressed by the facilitators, and all related materials provided, do not constitute legal advice and are intended to promote best practices in procurement related to social procurement values and outcomes only. Legal advice required should be obtained from an external lawyer or your organizational counsel.