Training

Social Procurement Training for Governments & Institutional Purchasers

CCSPI offers a variety of training sessions and subject-specific  webinars designed to help governments and institutional purchasers implement social procurement practices across their purchasing.

 

All training is available free-of-charge to CCSPI member organizations through the membership portal.

COVID-19 Update

Please note: Due to health & safety considerations in response to COVID-19, until further notice, all upcoming training sessions will now be delivered online.

We appreciate your understanding during this time.

SP201 - Implementing Social Procurement

This training session takes a basic understanding of social procurement to the next level and shows ways to begin to implement, measure and communicate social impact.

The session is interactive and attendees will have opportunity to work through the stages of several purchasing scenarios in groups.

By the end of the session attendees will be able to identify opportunities for social procurement in a variety of projects and connect procurement outcomes with achieving local social and community development objectives.

April 15, 2021 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Webinar - Measuring What Matters: Conversation for Social Procurement Suppliers

This 1 hour conversation is for suppliers and vendors to better understand social procurement and reporting out on social outcomes. The goal of the conversation is to bring in vendor perspectives to help inform a region-wide measurement framework. This framework will create standardization and consistency around measuring and reporting social outcomes.

By participating in the conversation, you will help identify key indicators and processes that are efficient, measures what matters, and provides value back to vendors, institutional buyers and communities. This session is primarily for businesses and organizations that are interested in procurement or do business in the Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities region.

April 20, 2021 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Webinar - Drafting an RFP with Social Value Criteria

Join Larry Berglund of Presentations Plus for this special webinar that outlines the step by step process for how to draft an RFP for goods and services with defined social procurement outcomes.

The session will cover:

  • Which RFP clauses would be applicable?
  • How will a supplier be able to respond to social procurement criteria?
  • How would we measure outcomes?
  • How to use CCSPI templates as a basis for drafting RFx documents

April 27, 2021 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Webinar - Trade Agreements & Social Procurement

Join Larry Berglund of Presentations Plus for this special webinar that discusses the trade agreements as they relate to social procurement and what you can and cannot do.

It will provide a deeper dive into Canada’s many trade agreements and the implications for social procurement implementation.

May 25, 2021 - 10:00am - 11:00am

SP 301 - Social Procurement Implementation for Construction Projects

Building on SP 101 & 201 training, this session focuses on social procurement in construction projects.

Participants will learn about methodologies for achieving local objectives through social procurement, bid criteria and evaluation processes, project monitoring and evaluation, spending thresholds and unbundling projects and more.

Upcoming SP301 Session

Not currently scheduled - please check back soon!

What Participants Are Saying About CCSPI Training Sessions

Thank You!

“This training dispelled a lot of myths and apprehensions about social procurement”
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“This training dispelled a lot of myths and apprehensions about social procurement”

Great Session!

“I found sharing with staff from other local governments most helpful”
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“I found sharing with staff from other local governments most helpful”

Helped Identify Opportunities

“The questions in the workbook really made me aware of how little [my local government] does for social procurement”
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“The questions in the workbook really made me aware of how little [my local government] does for social procurement”

Helpful to Share with Others

“I found sharing with staff from other local governments most helpful”
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“I found sharing with staff from other local governments most helpful”

Social Return on Investment

“I found the discussion of Social Return on Investment most helpful”
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“I found the discussion of Social Return on Investment most helpful”

Very Informative!

“Thanks! It was a great afternoon - very informative”
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“Thanks! It was a great afternoon - very informative”
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Training Resources & Guides

Guide to Social Procurement

This guidebook is an introduction to the why, what, and how of social procurement in Canada. It was developed by Buy Social Canada for several audiences: organizations taking the necessary steps towards social procurement implementation; others considering whether to or how to integrate social value into their current procurement practices; or simply those curious about social procurement more generally.

Social Value Menu Templates

The newly updated Buy Social Canada Social Value Menu now has two new versions: Community Benefit Agreements and Community Employment Benefits.

Social procurement is evolving as a standard means to leverage a greater value from existing procurement of goods and services. Concurrently, with the emergence of Community Benefit Agreements (CBAs), and the Community Employment Benefit (CEB) initiative process, there is a need to have a framework and guidelines to support an added social value from major developments and construction projects.

The purpose of these documents is to help users design, evaluate and implement a social value into their procurement processes for goods and services or major infrastructure and developments.

Free Webinars

Procurement, Resilient Economies and COVID-19

This special webinar, presented by David LePage of Buy Social Canada and Rory Kulmala of the Vancouver Island Construction Association, outlines how social procurement approaches can support local COVID-19-related adaptation and recovery efforts.

Good Practices, Verified and Amplified

Curious about living wage and other ‘social good’ certifications? 

This webinar provides an overview to key certifications like Living Wage, Buy Social, BCorp and Fair Trade, as both a way for local governments to identify social value suppliers as well as a way to incorporate these practices into their own operations.

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