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 an introductory guide for policy-makers and development teams on social value in new development. 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. Overcoming some key barriers to delivering that has provided the following focus for the first year of the programme: 


The second year of the programme will bring together a task group to define social value for the built environment sector and look at what climate justice means for the built environment. Our continued work in this area is made possible thanks to the generous support of our partners; Argent, Avison Young, Buro Happold and Federated Hermes. Please note that only UKGBC members have access to the programme activities.

Key outputs from 2019-20

Delivering Social Value: Measurement 

Measuring social value has become a vital part of communicating and committing to social value creation across the development lifecycle. This guide aims to de-mystify the practice of measuring the social value of buildings and places, and to help organisations understand which approach is most suitable for their circumstances. 

Delivering Social Value: Community Engagement Hacked  

The likelihood of creating positive social value is higher the more communities are engaged with their built environmentThis report showcases innovative approaches to community engagement to help inspire practitioners to think more creatively about how the sector engages with communities.  

Driving Social Value: Options for Local Authorities  

In reaction to the UK government’s commitment to strengthen the Social Value Act, we have updated the planning section of our detailed resource on social value policy for local authorities.

Bite-sized briefing: Investor reporting   

This bite-sized briefing is a quick introduction to the key concepts of social valuehighlighting some key considerations for real estate assets managers.  

Current opportunities to engage in the programme: 

Join the Review Panel – In August we will be opening applications to join the Review Panel for our Climate Justice project. This piece of work will look at how we can decarbonise the UK built environment in a way that maximises social value outcomes.

Sign up for the Social Value Coursemail  In May we launched an email-based learning experience on social value in the built environment. 

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.