Circular for October 2014
List of Contents
News and Developments
Contacts & Coordinators
Will a focus on 'Social Value' mean that we overlook our planet?
Since the passing of the Social Value Act, all things social and ethical have risen up many organisations' agendas – if only because public bodies are now asking questions about social value in their procurement documentation. But perhaps this focus on the social will be to the detriment of the environmental part of our 'triple bottom line'?
Local authorities are rushing to publish their social value frameworks, policies and approaches; or maybe some are, in compliance with the new duty. There is a growing focus on socio-economic outcomes like local employment (still tricky under EU rules) and the Living Wage (an aspiration which again is fraught with controversy) , as well as community resilience (which could to the cynical mean asking communities to do things that public bodies used to do before their budgets were cut so savagely).
But what about our planet?
When I started social accounting, environmental sustainability was one of the most important areas that I was able to report on using tools like the Green Office Checklist, Carbon Footprint calculator, for example. Taking a look now at some of the emerging social value frameworks and blueprints, these environmental measures and tools appear to be playing second fiddle to financial and economic measures.
Protecting the planet does have a financial benefit too – both at a global and micro scale. Energy efficiencies will save your organization money and well as protecting our world. Reducing travel by car will reduce emissions, as well as possibly helping you have a fitter workforce (assuming that they walk or cycle...) and local employees will need to commute shorter distances.
A plea then, to both the social economy AND those public organizations who are putting in place their social value procurement frameworks – it is a TRIPLE bottom line – the text of the Act refers to 'social, ENVIRONMENTAL and economic wellbeing', so please don't overlook our planet!
Social Accounting in Salford
City West Housing Trust has published their first set of social accounts, becoming one of a growing number of Housing organizations to do so. The accounts can be downloaded at http://citywesthousingtrust.org.uk/publications/documents/social-accounts-2013-14
City West has used the HACT ‘Measuring the Social Impact of Community Investment: A Guide to using the Wellbeing Valuation Approach’ in order to report a financial value of their work in the accounts.
For more information on using this tool, go to http://www.hact.org.uk/measuring-social-impact-community-investment-guide-using-wellbeing-valuation-approach
The City of Salford also boasts three shortlisted entries in the Social Enterprise UK 2014 Awards http://www.socialenterprise.org.uk/about/social-enterprise-awards/2014-shortlist
Congratulations go to Unlimited Potential and Social AdVentures, both shortlisted in the Health and Social Care enterprise awards, and to the City’s Health and Wellbeing Board – shortlisted for an award for building the local ‘Social’ market place, through its work leading the Social Value City initiative.
Social Impact Analysts Association (SIAA) and The SROI Network
Congratulations and best wishes go to The Social Impact Analysts Association (SIAA) and The SROI Network, who are joining forces to create what they believe to be the largest international social value network in the world. Social Value International is the result of a merger between the international activities of The SROI Network and SIAA.
SIAA will become Social Value International, and The SROI Network in the UK will become Social Value UK - an affiliated national network of Social Value International. Both the international and UK organisations will continue to be member-led and offer training, accreditation and assurance on SROI and impact measurement.
For more information, go to http://www.thesroinetwork.org/
News and Developments
Supporting housing organizations
SAN has been supporting a number of housing organizations over the recent months, including Together Housing, Procure Plus and St Leger Homes. To view the reports, go to http://togetherhousing.co.uk/userfiles/file/together-documents/final-together-foundation-social-report-with-sa-statement.pdf (Together Housing), and http://www.procure-plus.com/corporate-social-responsibility/ (Procure Plus).
SAN on Facebook and Twitter
The SAN Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/socialauditnetwork – check it out for recent news and updates. There are also 2 Linked In groups dedicated to social accounting and audit – one for the UK and one internationally – join now for up to date discussion on social accounting activities across the world.
https://twitter.com/The_SAN_UK is the home of SAN on Twitter – follow us!
Prove Improve and Account Social Accounting Workshop
Salford CVS has hosted the Social Audit Network two-day Prove, Improve and Account (PIA) Workshop in August and October this year, and is now planning further courses and support with social accounting for social economy organisations. Using funds received from the local Clinical Commissioning Group, the CVS aims to build a centre of expertise in the city as part of the Social Value City programme.
If you would be interested in attending further social accounting training in the Greater Manchester area, please contact Anne Lythgoe.
The PIA Workshop aims to introduce participants to the process of social accounting and audit and to explore the resources in the SAN Guide and CD from both doer and facilitator point of view. Learning outcomes include to be able to compile a set of social accounts of one’s own organisation and present these for audit; and to be able to assist others in the process.