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Social value is about organisations recognising the impact they have socio-economically and environmentally.

Since the introduction of the Social Value Act in 2012, public sector organisations have been required to consider, at the pre-procurement stage, how the procurement of goods and services can improve the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of the local area. However, social value is becoming increasingly important in the private sector too, providing a competitive edge and helping organisations perform better commercially. The UK’s first Good Work Standard has recently been launched providing accreditation to good employers and allowing them to demonstrate social value when recruiting, marketing or bidding for new business.  

Examples of social value benefits includes:


  • Employing a diverse workforce
  • Monitoring work conditions through the supply chain 
  • Encouraging wellbeing and mental health


  • Job creation
  • Training and development opportunities
  • Prompt payment through the supply chain


  • Water consumption management
  • Reduction in waste to landfill 
  • Carbon reduction or offsetting

The seminar 

This free-to-attend seminar features speakers who will explore the opportunities social value can bring, and demonstrate initiatives for how they are adding social value to their organisations. Speakers include: 

  • Rebecca Walpole, Health and Safety Manager, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer 
  • Aaron Reid, Head of Sustainable Procurement, Balfour Beatty
  • Paul Smith, Group HR Director, Outdoor & Cycle Concepts 

You can find out more about our speakers on the next tab. A drinks reception will follow the presentations, providing an opportunity for you to network with the speakers and other delegates.

Whilst this event is free to attend, places must be booked in advance using the form below. 

Thursday, 24 October, 2019 - 18:00 - 20:00
Fleet Street, London
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Speakers: Profiles & Presentations
Rebecca Walpole, Health and Safety Manager, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Rebecca is an experienced and passionate H&S professional. Having studied some aspects of H&S at university, Rebecca’s experience and qualifications started at Sweett Group as a H&S Consultant before moving onto HS2, ZSL London Zoo and Canary Wharf Management where she gained significant knowledge and experience as an H&S Advisor. She has, more recently, gained the role of H&S Manager for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer where she is responsible for the maintenance, development and monitoring of H&S in accordance with Policy, legislation and best practice. She is working towards leading Freshfields into a new era of H&S – building up new strategies to carry forward and introducing new ways of working.


From an H&S perspective – values are at the core of how we behave (as a business and as individuals) and they provide the guidelines for social conduct. Where H&S strategy, procedures and operations fail to incorporate this, it is likely that they will be asking people to work against a very deep feeling within them. This results in strategies failing, procedures not being followed and ultimately unsafe operations. People get hurt, or worse.

In her presentation, Rebecca will provide insight into some of the initiatives she is implementing and the commercial benefits they bring.  


Paul Smith, Group HR Director, Outdoor & Cycle Concepts

As Group HR Director Paul is a full member of the Executive Team. Paul has full responsibility for the people strategy and delivery across the OUTDOOR & CYCLE CONCEPTS Ltd Group where he has been in the role since May 2017.

Comprising of the well-known high street brands Snow+Rock, Cotswold Outdoor, Cycle Surgery, and Runners Need, Paul’s personal deep-rooted passion for the outdoors & his commitment to improving business performance through a values based-culture is a core principle that he drives through his organisation.

Starting his career as a graduate at Royal Mail, Paul has over 20 years HR experience including as Group HR Manager for Laing O-Rourke and in HR Director roles at Sanfoi Pharmaceutical, LV=General Insurance and Greene King. 


From a HR perspective, Paul will discuss the commercial imperative of a clear and compelling social strategy as a defining feature of any successful business in the rapidly changing environment of today's world. 

Aaron Reid, Head of Sustainable Procurement, Balfour Beatty

Balfour Beatty is a leading international infrastructure group who finance, develop, build and maintain innovative and efficient infrastructure that underpins daily life, supports communities and enables economic growth. They provide the essential infrastructure assets societies need to function, develop and thrive. With more than 100 years of experience in delivering highly complex infrastructure projects, Balfour Beatty know how to operate with the highest levels of quality, safety and technical expertise, integrate with clients and local supply chains and work with local communities

Aaron is a sustainable procurement and supply chain diversity specialist who has gained valuable insights from working at the cutting-edge of the agenda in both the public and private sectors.  Aaron is currently Head of Sustainable Procurement and joined Balfour Beatty in 2012.  Aaron is responsible for Balfour Beatty's UK sustainable procurement strategy and its award-winning supplier diversity programme.


A construction sector perspective on the social value imperative and the importance of brining your supply chain with you in response to increasing customer expectations and a desire to have a positive impact on the environment, within local communities and on local economies.