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On the first day of the Social Outcomes Conference 2022, we held a deep dive session on achieving well-being through public procurement.

We explored the promises and practical challenges associated with ‘sustainable public procurement’, ‘buying social’, ‘community benefit clauses’, ‘social value’, and similar movements around the world. We heard a number of presentations from public procurement specialists operating in different countries and settings.

The speakers Mat Ilic (Catch22), Jonathan Bland (E3M),and Julian Blake (Stone King) all agreed that a common frustration in public procurement 'is that we often end up with transactional processes that are not relational, excluding social enterprises that want to work with the government and have a footing in local communities'.