The core purpose of the Greater Manchester Social Value Network (GMSVN) is to influence stakeholders, policy and strategy at the Greater Manchester level around social value. The steering group of GMSVN is made up of activists who want to ensure that all intervention whether that be through the behaviour of business, the devolution agenda, commissioning and procurement, or the delivery of projects and services, brings maximum social value.

The GMSVN vision is;

To encourage organisations in every sector to seek relevant social, environmental and economic value from everything they do, including service delivery, commissioning and procurement. Social value considers more than just the financial transaction and includes: happiness; wellbeing; health; inclusion; empowerment; poverty; environment.

GMSVN has agreed a set of ways in which its purpose can be achieved. These relate to three themes:

Theme 1 – collect

Collecting information, evidence and examples of social value from across Greater Manchester and particularly:

  • collecting and promoting examples of social value
  • collecting together an evidence base for social value

Theme 2 – support

Supporting organisations across all sectors to deliver more effective social value policy, practice and outcomes and particularly:

  • supporting commissioning and procurement behaviour through training and engagement
  • supporting the implementation of the Greater Manchester Social Value Procurement Framework

Theme 3 – influence

Using 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 and particularly:

  • influencing and embedding social value into behaviour
  • linking social value to the economic growth and public service reform agendas
  • influencing and challenging European funding and procurement specifications
  • challenging the contemporary market driven approach to place
  • influencing the social responsibility practice of the private sector


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