Collectively, the decisions that organisations make throughout the procurement process have a significant impact on the economy, the environment and the community. The Victorian Government has created its Social Procurement Framework to outline its strategy to use its considerable buying power to effect social, economic and environmental change in Victorian communities.
For community housing organisations, the Victorian Government’s emphasis on social procurement presents a supported opportunity to lead the way in creating genuine, long-term, inclusive social change.
CHIA Vic is committed to providing support to CHOs not only to meet the requirements of the Big Housing Build, but more importantly, to leverage this opportunity to actively prioritise social objectives such as equality, safety, diversity, inclusion and sustainability. In this way, CHOs can fulfil their core mission of providing housing to vulnerable people while building the effectiveness of the sector and setting a leading example for other sectors.
Throughout 2021, CHIA Vic will be supporting members to understand and adopt social procurement practices. This work will include:
- Developing template social procurement principles and policies
- Hosting sector briefings and training
- Creating guides and resources
- Identifying and collating lists of suppliers who are aligned with the Social Procurement Framework
If there is any other support needed or if you have feedback on specific resources that are a priority for your organisation, please contact CHIA Vic on Emma.Barker-Perez@chiavic.com.au.