The sustainable procurement duty and community benefit requirements introduced in the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 take effect on 1st June 2016. More detailed information can be found in the statutory guidance.
The sustainable procurement duty requires contracting authorities to think about how they can improve the social, environmental and economic wellbeing of their area before they purchase anything, and has a particular focus on reducing inequality. It also requires a contracting authority to consider how its procurement processes can facilitate the involvement of SMEs, third sector bodies and supported business and how public procurement can be used to promote innovation.
The community benefits requirement requires a contracting authority to consider including community benefit requirements for all regulated procurements where the estimated value of the contract is equal to or greater than £4 million.