Social Value

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.

Community investment and delivering social value are core to CHIC’s objectives. Embedded in each major contract is an obligation for contractors and supply chain partners to provide a full time training opportunity at NVQ level 2 or level 3 for each contract awarded with an annual value above £1m.

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 total since CHIC’s Inception there have been over 300 apprenticeships created, an average of 30 per year.

“Our partnership with CHIC has enabled Jericho to offer life changing apprenticeship opportunities in our social enterprises, combined with a holistic programme of wrap around support to young people who would otherwise have struggled to get a break. The team at Jericho are extremely
grateful to CHIC for supporting us in our mission to break down barriers and change lives”


Richard Beard, Chief Executive
Jericho Foundation

CHIC promotes annual awards for apprentices and trainees, to recognise high achievers within our members, contractors and suppliers businesses, pictured below.

CHIC’s Supply Chain

CHIC’s supply chain is formed of all the suppliers from it’s 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.