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Sectoral Conferences:

How do we link the social value agenda to the SDGs? – November 2022 Conference

In 2015, the UK government committed to delivering SDGs. But how much progress have we actually seen on this?

In 2020, the new Social Value Model (PPN06/20) for central government procurement adds in an explicit reference to the SDGs and therefore makes it even more relevant to many public sector contracts – and suppliers wanting to win these.

Internationally the SDG Impact Standards for Enterprise, backed by the UNDP and linked to the Principles of Social Value gets launched. Then in this year, we’ve seen the launch of Social Value Principle 8 Be Responsive also aiding the alignment to the same Goals.

Overall, the SDGs plan for the future, has largely been halted and regressed due to the pandemic. But things are moving again, so let’s dive into the current questions: Is this a priority for UK businesses? Should it be? And is there actually a practical link to social value and our movement or are we at risk of overcomplicating things?

At our conference we discussed if it’s meaningful to link the two agendas and explored how this can be done in practice.

For those who were unable to attend, if you’d like to watch the recorded version of this conference, tickets for the recordings only can be bought for £30 Member Rate and £50 Non-Member Rate. Just send an email to .

ESG and Social Value- January 2022 Conference

As a response to an increase in requests from our members about ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) and how it related to the Social Value movement, Social Value UK hosted its first Sectoral Conference on January 20th 2022 to explore these questions.

You can read our post-conference blog here.

For those who were unable to attend, if you’d like to watch the recorded version of this conference, tickets for the recordings only can be bought for £30. Just send an email to .

 


Annual Conferences:

Member’s Exchange 2022

At our annual MemEx Conference our team, along with our members and partners, dove into a range of social value topics and themes to help us all to take the next steps towards a shared future of social value-driving decisions for more equality, improved wellbeing, and greater environmental care. Social Value is ever more critical as we collectively face growing interconnected social, environmental, cultural, and economic challenges and need new and innovative thinking to tackle these. We are 10 years on from the implementation of the Social Value Act, much has been achieved in understanding standards and practice development, but a much greater shift is needed to meet the needs of the next 10 years.

At MemEx we always take full advantage of the skills and knowledge from the membership to enable peer-learning, whilst also creating a wealth of resources, and a warm welcome for all both members and non-members. Please read our full programme here.  Access to recordings can be purchased by contacting .

Virtual Member’s Exchange 2021

Coming to the end of lockdown in the UK, it has never been more important for our members to come together to discuss and decide how we will ensure we build a better and more sustainable future for us all. Key issues to be addressed include the importance of place, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), social value and the built environment, changes to our space during the pandemic, transparency, accountability and more.

The Social Value UK Members Exchange(#SVUKMemEX) is an annual conference for members of the UK social value community to come together and share best practice, discuss ideas and drive innovation in the sector.

Member’s Exchange and AGM 2020

The Social Value UK Members Exchange and AGM (#SVUKMemEX) is an annual conference for members of the UK social value community to come together and share best practice, discuss ideas and drive innovation in the sector.

With COVID-19, Brexit, Climate Change, and Structural Inequality impacting all of our lives, it was more important than ever for our members to come together, to share and learn, as we discussed how Social Value can create a more sustainable future for the whole of the United Kingdom.

Replay it here.

National Social Value Conference 2020

The National Social Value Conference – Time To Act took place from 29-30 January.

Click here to find out more.

Member’s Exchange and AGM 2019

The Social Value UK Members Exchange and AGM 2019 (#SVMembersExchange) was a chance for members of the social value community to come together and share best practice, discuss ideas and drive innovation in the sector.

The event was hosted at Coventry University.

You can read the full write-up of the Members Exchange, and the minutes of the AGM, here.

National Social Value Conference 2018

Our 2018 conference was produced in partnership with Social Value Portal. The National Social Value Conference’s central theme was ‘Inspiring Leadership’ and took place in Manchester on 20 & 21 November.

Download the Conference Write-up.

Social Value Exchange 2017

In late 2017 over 100 delegates from across sectors in the UK, came together for Social Value Exchange 2017. The day involved workshops, round tables, keynotes, panels, and debates on everything that is important in the social value and social impact spheres right now!

Social Value Members Exchange 2016

Members of Social Value UK came together in November to share best practice, discuss ideas and drive innovation in the sector. The event was a mixture of round table discussion groups and smaller break-out presentations from Social Value UK members. Social Value UK also made some exciting announcements regarding support services and their campaigning future! For a series of member blogs following the event, see here.

Critical Mass 2015

Critical Mass took place at the Royal Institution on October 19th and 20th, 2015.

In partnership with Good Deals and Social Value International, we brought together over 400 people from around the world and across sectors to talk about social value, social investment, social enterprise, and innovation.

For a collection of articles about the conversations and sessions, click here.

For a collection of presentations from the conference, click here.

Social Value Members Exchange 2015

Sixty members of Social Value UK and Social Value International came together on 21st October to have practical discussions and technical debates about all things social value measurement and management. Topics ranged from the ethics of interviewing to the challenges of communicating social value to social value in the corporate world.

Social Value Matters 2014

Social Value Matters was a fascinating two days, set in the Catholic University of Milan. The theme was how we can make the case that Social Value Matters if we want to create a better future – and delegates came from across the world to discuss challenges and solutions for this increasingly urgent issue. For summaries of the event watch our conference video from Pioneers Post:

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