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Dulux Trade Owner, AkzoNobel Helps HACT Launch Social Value & Procurement Toolkit

Andy Brewin, Social Housing and Social Value Business Manager, AkzoNobel

Andy Brewin, Social Housing and Social Value Business Manager, AkzoNobel

Dulux Trade brand owner, AkzoNobel was named as a key contributor to the development of a new toolkit at its launch last week – Social Value and Procurement: A toolkit for housing providers and contractors – that defines and measures social value through the life cycle of the procurement process.

The toolkit developed by HACT with the support of solicitors, Trowers & Hamlins LLP and procurement specialists, echelon Consultancy Ltd alongside contractors and Housing Associations, enables Housing Providers to quantify and measure social value generated through the supply chain. The HACT social value methodology, Wellbeing Valuation , provides a consistent mechanism to enable contractors and manufacturers to identify and respond to the needs of registered providers.

AkzoNobel was the only manufacturer on the HACT-led working group that designed the toolkit, demonstrating the company’s commitment to helping Housing Providers and contractors define and deliver social value within procured contracts.  The toolkit will enable companies bidding for contracts in the housing sector, including Dulux Trade Contract Partners, to clarify precisely how they will drive social value through delivery of the contract.

Andy Brewin, Social Housing and Social Value Business Manager, AkzoNobel, one of the speakers at the launch, spoke of his optimism that the new HACT toolkit will help the supply chain to achieve ambitious targets linked to social value measures. He also told the audience of professionals from the Housing Provider, Authority and developer community including Northern Housing Consortium, Wandle and Wates that the toolkit will help to positively impact the lives of people living and working within the social housing sector. Reiterating the responsibility of companies throughout the supply chain to drive forward and improve social value ratings, Andy Brewin used AkzoNobel as an example of a manufacturer that not only uses its paints to demonstrate social value but that is committed to driving up and improving training prospects and skills-based learning for housing sector beneficiaries.

Andy Brewin, AkzoNobel said: “We are delighted to have been invited to work with HACT and the other partners on the development of the toolkit. It was important to us as a company to contribute to its development from the point of view of a manufacturer as the whole supply chain has to be considered if attempting to seamlessly deliver social value through the procurement process.”

“Our participation has allowed us to evaluate our own social value to the housing sector. Our social value will be measured through our future product or service developments, through our brands such as Dulux Trade, our new training facility, the Dulux Academy for professional decorators, trainees and apprentices and through the scheme we run for our Contract Partners.  Our participation on the working group has reinforced that manufacturers, contractors, Housing Providers and Authorities need to be aligned so that they can recognise and meet the needs of the people that they serve.”

For further information about the toolkit, please visit or

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