Social procurement policies are an emerging policy instrument being used by governments around the world to leverage infrastructure and construction spending to address intractable social problems in the communities they represent. The relational nature of social procurement policies requires construction firms to develop new collaborative partnerships with organisations from the government, not-for-profit and community sectors. The aim of this paper is to address the paucity of research into the risks and opportunities of entering into these new cross-sector partnerships from the perspectives of the stakeholders involved and how this affects collaborative potential and social value outcomes for intended beneficiaries.

University of Lincoln, College of Social Science

Martin Loosemore, University of Technology, School of the Built Environment
George Denny-Smith, University of New South Wales, Construction and Property Management
Jo Barraket, Swinburne University of Technology, Centre for Social Impact
Robyn Keast, Southern Cross University, School of Business and Tourism
Daniel Chamberlain,  La Trobe University, Department of Public Health
Kristy Muir, University of New South Wales, Centre for Social Impact
Abigail Powell, University of Lincoln, Eleanor Glanville Centre
Dave Higgon, Multiplex
Jo Osborne, DAMAJO