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.
Public Information and Training Sessions
BCSPI Information Session
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.
BCSPI Core Training Sessions
SP 101 - Introduction to Social Procurement
Understand the what, why and how of social procurement and how it can play a role in COVID-19 recovery. Explore social procurement principles, best practices and examples, and learn to identify opportunities and next steps.
- Understanding the what, why & how of social procurement
- Understanding social procurement’s role in COVID-19 recovery
- Social procurement principles
- Social procurement best practices & examples
- Identifying opportunities & next steps
SP 201 - Implementation of Social Procurement
Identify opportunities for social procurement in a variety of projects and connect procurement outcomes with achieving local social and community development objectives.
- Social procurement pathways and procurement types
- Group exercises working through procurement scenarios
- Identifying social procurement opportunities and next steps for implementation
- Communication and implementation strategies
- Impact measurement and evaluation
SP 301 - Implementation of Social Procurement in Construction Projects
Building on SP 101 & 201 training, this session focuses on the implementation of social procurement for construction and infrastructure projects under $250K. Topics covered include:
- 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