The Social Impact Pledge is a Scottish Government initiative that asks public sector organisations across Scotland to commit to increasing their social impact by making a public commitment to changing three aspects of their current operations or policies. These should be three things that they are not doing currently and haven’t done before. A range of public sector organisations have already made pledges, including Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Social Services Council and Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. The Communities Channel website contains more information. The site shows all the pledges made so far in full.
The Scottish Government’s own three pledges are:
- ‘Live our Values’: This initiative makes contact with schools and colleges local to Scottish Government buildings and in areas of deprivation. Offers the opportunity of mentoring or visits to help young people raise aspirations. Includes proposals for mutual mentoring with disadvantaged adults.
- ‘Money Matters’ : [Following the] Procurement Reform Act 2014 … we will lead the way by considering potential economic, social and environmental outcomes in all procurement strategies, frameworks and contracts let by the Scottish Government
- ‘Make Space and Open Doors’ SG staff who are directly involved with charities or community bodies may use SG meeting facilities, bringing community groups and charities into closer contact with the SG, saving them resources in securing business space for meetings and events.