Social Value Programme

Social value is one of the hottest topics in the construction and property sector and provides a compelling concept for articulating the benefits felt from high quality, sustainable development
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April 9, 2019


Policy & Advocacy, Research & Innovation, Education & Leadership



In 2018 UKGBC published a well-received social value guide for policy-makers and development teams and early this year produced a detailed resource on social value policy for local authorities.

The Social Value Programme builds on this work, and aims to use the concept of social value to enable the built environment sector to deliver better outcomes for communities.

Our continued work in this area is made possible thanks to the generous support of our partners; Argent, Avison Young, BuroHappold, Hermes, Rockwool and TFT. Please note that only UKGBC members have access to the programme activities.

The 2019-20 activities will focus on:

Investor requirements – following our investor roundtable we will be conducting research to support investors drive social value through their real estate assets. If you are a representative of the investor community and are interested in feeding into this work, please get in touch.

Community engagement – our social value guide suggested that the likelihood of creating social value outcomes was higher the more communities are engaged with their built environment. Yet genuine community engagement is sorely lacking. We used our innovation processes to generate new ideas to address this challenge. The resulting ideas are showcased alongside existing innovations in this report.

Consistency in measurement – working towards more consistent social value measurement is a crucial next step for the built environment sector. UKGBC will be hosting a workshop in September which explores how this can be achieved.

Strengthening policy – UKGBC will be supporting the strengthening of the Social Value Act and continuing to work with local authorities to set social value requirements for local development.

The programme will also include a coursemail programme on social value, and an extension of our offer for bespoke social value training. Get in touch if you’d like to talk to us about training.

Current opportunities to engage in the programme:

Sign up for email updates – Throughout the year we will be sending email updates with invitations to upcoming programme activities and latest programme outputs, as well as project case studies and any relevant news stories.

Contribute to our Social Value Actor & Resource Map – We have produced an interactive map of key actors, resources and initiatives on social value in the built environment, to help the industry navigate this increasingly complex landscape and avoid duplication. If you know of a project or resource which you think should be included, please get in touch.