The Greater Manchester Social Value Framework 2020

Addressing inequality can be everyone’s business. Now is the time to take action.

As we rebuild our economy and society in Greater Manchester following the crisis caused by Covid-19, we will look to use social value to tackle the inequalities around us and make the things that we do, good, fair and sustainable. We will encourage every organisation in Greater Manchester to carry out its primary activity, managing the resources that it controls and drawing in investment, in such a way that it encourages them to create lasting benefits for the people of GM, improve the local economy, whilst positively contributing (or at least minimising damage) to the environment.

Achieving positive change through social value should be part of all ‘business’, so we have broadened the scope of our ground-breaking 2014 GM Social Value Policy, to create a Framework that can be used across all sectors to guide actions and maximise impact for Greater Manchester and its citizens.

The Framework is built around the following six priorities for 2020

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Provide the best employment that you can

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Keep the clean air in Greater Manchester

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Create the employment and skills opportunities that we need to Build Back Better

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Be part of a strong local community

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Make your organisation greener

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Develop a local, GM-based and resilient supply chain

The Framework can be used in many different ways:

  • As a talking point in corporate or business planning…
  • As a checklist for the commissioning of services…
  • As a guide for the development of procurement strategies and social value policies…
  • For discussion in a team meeting….
  • As a framework for your social impact reporting….
  • And to take action….

If all businesses, community groups, social enterprises, voluntary and public sector organisations take at least one new action against one of these areas, together we can make a huge difference for Greater Manchester.

Why not join the Greater Manchester Social Value Network (opens in a new tab) to hear what others are doing, discuss your ideas and be part of a movement for change.

Our aim

Our aim is that taking action on ‘social value’ becomes the right way to run an organisation in Greater Manchester – for private business, for voluntary organisations, community groups and social enterprises (VCSE) and also for the public sector. If you provide employment, it should be good employment; if you use resources – think about their sources and sustainability; if you buy goods and services – could they be from local suppliers?

Together, we can tackle the widening inequalities that we have seen post Covid-19, and build back a better, fairer and greener economy in Greater Manchester.

Developed by a group of partners from VCSE, public and business organisations from across Greater Manchester, our Social Value Framework contains a set of specific and action-oriented priorities that can be used by any organisation.

Social Value Checklist

We have written a checklist to help you plan how you can maximise social value in your business, your community group, your organisation, and take part in making Greater Manchester a better place. You can download it here (Word Document).

Greater Manchester Social Value Network

Get involved in the Greater Manchester Social Value Network, which:

  • Collects information, evidence and examples of social value from across Greater Manchester
  • Supports organisations across all sectors to deliver more effective social value policy, practice and outcomes
  • Uses the skills knowledge and experience of the group to influence the behaviour of the range of individuals and organisations with a stake in social value