Social Value in Practice offers the reader a simple, accessible guide for considering, creating, and delivering social value in projects and within their organisation.

The book connects social value to the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and presents an insight into the many and different practical ways in which individuals and organisations can make a positive impact towards resolving the ‘people, planet and prosperity’ agenda:

  • 'Good work' – good practice in managing people, including working conditions, and equality, diversity, and inclusion
  • Education, skills, and employment, including apprenticeships and enhancing the industry image
  • Social procurement and circular supply chains
  • Strategic partnerships and social enterprises
  • Community development, regeneration, and placemaking
  • Construction consultancy
  • Architecture, design, and construction
  • Assessing and measuring social value.

Reflective practitioners can pick it up, turn to a chapter, and learn something they can use right away. Through numerous practical examples and think pieces, this book can help readers learn how to create social value, how to improve and build upon current practice, and how to co-create social value in partnership with clients and the supply chain. The authors aim to empower and inspire stakeholders to engage with new ideas and create more value for those using the built environment. This book is a must read for all those involved in procuring, tendering, planning, designing, developing, funding, building, working in, and managing the built environment.

part Section I|38 pages

Social value

chapter 1|11 pages


chapter 2|25 pages

Social value

The drivers, challenges, and opportunities

part Section II|152 pages

Co-creating social value

chapter 5|35 pages

Degree apprenticeships

chapter 6|8 pages

Social value in procurement

chapter 7|20 pages

Circular economy

Delivering social value throughout the supply chain

part Section III|66 pages


part Section IV|40 pages

Assessing and measuring social value