Social Impact Pledge

The Scottish Government

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The Scottish Government 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, Signature of Permanent Secretary Permanent Secretary, June 2016.                                                                                                                                                                     

1st Commitment

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. Responds to the recommendations of the Independent Poverty Adviser in her report published in January 2016.

Geographical location of impact

  • Parkhead area (G31)
  • John Paul Academy, G23 5LY
  • James Hamilton Academy in Kilmarnock, KA3 7DF

Contact details

Karen Armstrong, Karen.armstrong@gov.scot, 0131 244 1165

2nd Commitment

Money Matters

The Procurement Reform Act 2014 introduced a duty for public sector organisations to give greater consideration to sustainability in public spending meaning a focus not just on economic, but also environmental and social outcomes. 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.

Geographical location of impact

  • The impact will be felt across all Scotland

Contact details


3rd Commitment

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. Allow the use of atrium areas in Victoria and Atlantic Quay to be used as exhibition space for local charities and community groups when sponsored by a member of staff. We will enable SG to become more accessible to charities and local organisations.

Geographical location of impact

  • Victoria Quay EH6 6QQ
  • Atlantic Quay, G2 8LU

Contact details

Steven Cullum, steven.cullum@gov.scot 0131 244 0673