Newly created procurement frameworks add fresh impetus to the CHIC social value agenda which has now been successfully running for over 10 years. We are very proud of our record and it is highlighted in each Annual report.
CHIC builds social value targets into every works services and materials supply contract. This ensures we can deliver consistent, measurable employment outcomes which are directly proportional to contract value.
Whilst Social Value can have several interpretations, the CHIC model is specifically about creating full time employment opportunities and Apprenticeships.
We also engage with Local Employments Groups (LEGS) who are typically grass roots organisations supporting local people to employment. This allows more focus to be applied to those facing specific barriers in the workplace such as long-term unemployment, disability, age or women in manual trades. This year CHIC also supported apprenticeships for an organisation that rescues people from modern day slavery.
In 2020 CHIC has directly supported 22 people into new jobs, with a specific focus on ensuring that those employed are retained for a minimum of 6 months. Under the CHIC arrangements these people will continue to be monitored and supported for up to 3 years.
CHIC’s Annual Conference hosts the presentation of the Trainee of the year award, where all contractors, suppliers and members are invited to submit entries and to celebrate their individual achievements with training initiatives.
CHIC’s Supply Chain
CHIC’s supply chain is formed of all the suppliers from it’s OJEU/PCR2015 compliant frameworks, contracts and DPSs’ that are available to its members.
This is managed by the Supply Chain team which aims to reduce costs, improve value and reduce risk; all with the express aim of delivering good value for money.
CHIC achieves this by managing costs in a number of ways:
- Aggregated spend across CHIC’s membership (i.e. rates & terms based on consortium buying volumes)
- Monitoring costs across the market through the life cycle of contracts, across all members
- Continually benchmarking to ensure competitive pricing
- Managing manufacturer rebates to ensure that members pay the most competitive price for all material costs
CHIC’s Supply Chain Management Team works with both upstream (materials & distribution) and downstream (services & labour) suppliers at multiple levels to ensure members purchase at the competitive costs and from sustainable businesses, whilst ensuring that quality is maintained.