Social Value Conference back for 2022

Now in its eighth year, HACT and NHC’s Social Value conference is firmly established as a must-attend event showcasing the latest thinking from across social housing and beyond.

This year’s conference take place Thursday 17th February as a full day online conference and as in recent years NHC members can attend at no extra cost as part of their membership.

As ever, attendees can expect to hear from, and engage with, leading practitioners giving invaluable insights into the future of social value, supporting your thinking and ambition for driving value for your residents, communities, and business.

Soon to be released, the event’s agenda has been curated to promote the role of social value in addressing the sector’s most pertinent challenges:

The importance of social value and sustainability is clear. With the growth of ESG funding requirements, organisations are required to look beyond the financial cost and consider how the services they deliver, or commission might drive positive economic, social and environmental impact.

Similarly, over the last decade Social Value has played an increasingly important role in procurement. Post-Brexit, the introduction of new legislation will require a new understanding within the sector to both manage frictions and grasp new opportunities. We’ll be getting to grips with the implications for contractors, suppliers and tendering organisations.

Ten years on from the pivotal Social Value Act 2012, key stakeholders will reflect on their experience over the last decade. Have the challenges of the past been met? And what more can we do to overcome them in the future both within and across the social housing sector?

Across the North, place-based organisations are maturing an understanding of their role as anchor institutions and the role of Social Value in maximising their local impact. Based on a case study from the NHC, the conference will explore ethical procurement approaches that supports the fight against inequality and climate change, and centres health and wellbeing.

And with the Government’s Levelling Up White Paper on the horizon, with its emphasis on community pride and quality of place, the conference will look at how to build social value into every aspect of neighbourhood regeneration. From selecting a Joint Venture partner, to contractual requirements, to resident engagement, attendees will hear from speakers who have successfully applied a Social Value framework onto a ground-breaking renewal project.

The Social Value Conference forms part of the close relationship between the NHC and HACT, who been pioneering the use and understanding of Social Value since 2012. Having launched the Social Value Roadmap in 2020, and with Phase 1 soon to be complete, HACT will use the day to update attendees on what comes next. Attendees will learn how the Roadmap will incorporate work on ESG reporting, community investment, procurement, and the social value of tenancy. HACT will also be exclusively previewing their new, dynamic online environment where you can model, monitor and measure your social impact. Be the first to discover the future of social housing!

This year the conference will be held on a unique online platform designed to maximise interaction between attendees. Come to hear from, and engage with, key speakers but also make valuable links and discuss key topics with other attendees.

Whether attending for the full day or for sessions most relevant to you, register your attendance via MyNHC now to receive joining instructions prior to the event.