This is a guest blog post written by Lindsay Rosul, Services Director at Value Match.
As we move past step 3 of the lockdown roadmap and we adjust to being able to socialise indoors, entertainment venues re-opening and some international travel being allowed (in line with the rules), we are already debating whether we will hit step 4 come 21st June. However, the one thing we know for certain is that we must not forget everything we have learned over the past 12-18 months and how continuing to place values at the our core of everything we do can achieve great things.
Our biggest priority throughout the pandemic has been to ensure we value our people, considering their capacity for change, capability and supporting their health and well-being and like every other business we had to change how we operate. We have all faced challenges, and we know it has not been easy, but we are proud to say we got through it, and we continued to deliver with minimal impact to our employees, our customers and our partners.
For me, this all comes back to understanding our core values and ensuring they are embedded into our ways of working, every project, and even down to every decision. We understand our values and ensure we live and breathe them day in and day out.
Its no easy task and we are often asked, where do I start?
To create value that is important to you as an organisation, you need to have an understanding of where your strengths lie and how you utilise those capabilities to maximise the impact you can make. The best way is to take a strategic approach and ensure your values have a clear connection to your organisation purpose, priorities and concerns. You can read more about understanding your values using the Value Match approach on the Value Match Foundation website.
With all things procurement at our core, our priority remains to enhance the value we can create. Through our partnership with Me Learning, we created the Value Match Academy, which provides accessible, online, practitioner led training to our community of procurement and supply chain professionals.
Whether you’re a seasoned procurement / bidding professional or a stakeholder involved in procurement, why not take a look a look at one of our first courses, how to effectively procure and manage contracts to create social value? This course defines what social value is and how to integrate it into your procurement through our unique Socially Purposed Procurement Cycle.
We are already well on the way to developing our next round of courses to support our community so if there is a particular part of the procurement process you need support with, let us know and we can consider our future roadmap.
With all that being said, I ask myself what’s next for Value Match? A question we ask ourselves every day and my response… in collaboration with our partner’s, we can always find ways to do better, share expertise and maximise the positive impact we can create.