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



Last year UKGBC launched a well-received social value guide for policy-makers and development teams and last month produced a detailed resource on social value policy for local authorities.

Our new programme enables us to pick up the pace, with a range of activities designed to:

  • Create better understanding of social value in the built environment
  • Provide information and tools to enable members to deliver better social value strategies
  • Develop and communicate the business case for creating place-based social value
  • Advocate for stronger policy drivers

This work is being 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 Programme will include:

Workshop series – A social value workshop series tackling key policy and market adoption issues, each generating written outputs to help progress specific challenges for wider dissemination. Topics and dates to be released next month, get in touch if you are keen to take part.

Innovation – We are planning to utilise our ‘Innovation Sprint’ process as an engaging way of generating and co-creating ideas that support better social value outcomes, with a likely focus on ways in which the industry can meaningfully engage local communities.

Education – This will 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.