Sustainable Procurement Tools

Where community requirements are significant for a particular contract performance indicators need to be developed to ensure delivery.

For example, requiring contractors to complete monthly risk assessment forms or provide evidence of consultation or involvement. 

Where additional benefits are a contractual requirement they must be quantifiable and measurable; otherwise there is a risk that it may be unenforceable.

The buyer must also consider whether this requirement is core to the contract or a secondary issue, as any remedy for breach of performance may be difficult to quantify. 

Finally, any contracting authority which is required by the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 to produce and publish an annual procurement report must include a summary of any community benefits delivered as part of a regulated procurement during the reporting period.

It will be in the contracting authority's interest to capture details of any community engagement activities they have carried out as part of this.