Social Impact Pledge

Highlands and Islands Enterprise

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Social Impact Pledge logo

Highlands and Islands Enterprise pledges to:

Challenge ourselves to increase the positive impact we make on our local community and make better use of our assets – our buildings/grounds and our people.

In the next six months we will do at least three things that we don’t do at the moment to improve our social impact.                                                                                                        

Signed, Alex Paterson, Chief Executive, August 2016.                                                                                                                                                                     

1st Commitment

Incorporation of Community Benefits clauses within the HIE Procurement Strate

Introduce a requirement to include Community Benefit clauses within certain HIE contracts under £4million, where they are relevant and proportionate to contract requirements, and where we can identify how they can link to HIE priorities and have a direct positive impact on the contract delivery.
Where relevant to the contract we will seek to incorporate community benefit clauses which focus on areas intended to improve the economic, social or environmental wellbeing of the authority's area such as (but not limited to):
  • Recruitment, training (including vocational) and educational initiatives
  • Supply chain initiatives / development
  • Community and/or environmental initiatives
  • Supported business, third sector and voluntary initiatives
  • Support for equality and diversity initiatives                       

           

Geographical location of impact

  • Across the entire HIE area

Contact details

 

2nd Commitment

Volunteering Policy


  • Revise our Volunteering Policy to encourage HIE staff to spend up to 2 days per year within paid work time doing some voluntary work. We will incorporate a 'social impact' criteria for volunteering to demonstrate direct benefit / community impact.
  • Establish a formal register for all volunteering activity from 1April 2016 onwards (this will enable the social impact of the activity to be identified and quantified in each case).
                                                        

Geographical location of impact

  • Across the entire HIE area

Contact details

 

3rd Commitment

Graduate volunteering

Incorporate social impact volunteering as a group project for graduates on HIE's annual graduate placement programme
Introduce a requirement to our existing graduate placement programme for graduates to:
  • operate as a group to support a social enterprise
  • identify key social impact outcomes
  • work in partnership with social enterprise to realise benefits

                                                       

Geographical location of impact

  • Across the entire HIE area

     

Contact details

 

More

Read about how Highlands and Islands Enterprise has already had social impact through volunteering in our case study section.