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Adding social value

Resources to help your work have a broader positive impact
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Below is a starter list of resources to help you maximise the positive impact of your work on the environment, your community, your employees and volunteers.

This is not a definitive list, and we will continue to add more resources over time. If you think there are other useful resources that we could add, please do get in touch

Being a good employer

ACAS provides help and advice for employers and employees including good practice at work guidance

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Service (SCVO) provides a guide to good employment practice for those employing a young person through a SCVO employability programme.

The Living Wage Foundation provides advice on how to become a living wage employer.

The Scottish Living wage accreditation Initiative can help you become accredited as a Living Wage Employer.

The Scottish Business Pledge is a commitment that a business can choose to make to recognise the markers of progressive business practice.

The New Economics Foundation has published a report on ‘Wellbeing at work: the benefits’

The Scottish Association for Mental Health provides employment and learning advice to support people with disabilities in employment.

Social Enterprise Scotland has an online directory of social enterprises across Scotland.

Buying the good stuff

NCVO Charities Evaluation Services explains the commissioning and procurement process

The Scottish Government has produced public procurement guidance to help small and medium enterprises access public funding.

Friends of the Earth Scotland provide lots of resources about how to buy eco-friendly goods and work sustainably

CEIS, a social enterprise support agency, provides a resource for sustainable procurement

Give as you Live is a way to raise donations from shopping online.

Looking after volunteers

Volunteer Scotland provides useful resources for work with volunteers

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations offers advice on running your organisation using volunteers

Voluntary Arts Scotland has ideas for involving volunteers and online resources for publicity, best practice, funding and starting up.

Helping people into work

Skills Development Scotland has information for employers, including information on financial support for recruitment, training support and adopting an apprentice.

The Scottish Government hosts links to skill development partners and publications

Local employability information and support is available from the Employability in Scotland website.

Adopt an Intern can help employers who are looking to hire a graduate.

Looking after your environment

Resource Efficient Scotland offers online training on how to make better use of resources, and save money.

Greenspace Scotland provides information and guidance on planning and evaluation for activities that transform urban space into community green space.

Community Energy Scotland provides project advice, case studies and ideas for green innovation.

The Trade Union Council have developed a ‘Go Green at Work Handbook’

The Environment Trust and Development Trusts Association have developed this downloadable guide to improve the environmental performance of built assets

Sustrans offers a range of resources and advice for people who want to choose healthier, cleaner and cheaper ways of travelling.

Zero Waste Scotland’s ‘Resource Efficient Scotland’ website offers free specialist advice for businesses to become more resource efficient.

Promoting Equalities

The Equality and Human Rights Commission outlines equality practice for the workplace covering your rights as a worker and has produced guidance on equalities for private and public sector organisations

The Big Lottery Fund has published guidance on equalities together with a downloadable grant holder’s guide to equality.

BEMIS has online publications covering good practice and thematic reports

Stonewall promotes equality and offers information to support individuals who want to challenge discrimination.

The Scottish Refugee Council provides help, advice, information, training courses and links to useful websites for those working with marginalised groups in society.