Social impact case studies

The following case studies show how the Social Impact Pledge is being used as well as pre-existing activity by Scottish public sector organisations that has had a postive social impact. The case studies illustrate the range of ways social impact can be increased through relatively straightforward changes.




South Lanarkshire Council

In this case study, South Lanarkshire Council describe the impact their recent Social Impact Pledge has already had in the community.


Highlands and Islands


HIE’s first Social Impact Pledge included placing graduate volunteers in a local social enterprise to support young people. In this short case study, HIE describes how the initiative has led to benefits for the volunteers as well as wider social impact for young people.



Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) describes how, as part of its Social Impact Pledge, it has arranged Foundation Apprenticeships for school pupils in North Lanarkshire, giving young people the chance to develop skills such as software development.


University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh shows how it has made progress towards achieving its 2016/17 Social Impact Pledge, which included commitments to  children, students and older people.


Cairngorms National Park Authority

As part of Cairngorms National Park Authority's Social Impact Pledge, senior students from two Cairngorms National Park high schools have been witnessing democracy in action at the monthly CNPA Planning Committee meeting.


Scottish Qualifications Authority

As part of Scottish Qualifications Authority's role as a 'corporate parent', staff have spent time with, and supported, care-experienced young people on results day.


Scottish Natural Heritage and Apex Scotland

In recent years Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and Apex Scotland have worked together to run a volunteer programme on local nature reserves for people from disadvantaged backgrounds.


Food Standards Scotland

Geoff Ogle, Chief Executive of Food Standards Scotland, describes how openness and transparency help to increase consumer trust.