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Beyond Policies and Social Washing: How Social Procurement Unfolds in Practice

Division of Service Management and Logistics, Department of Technology Management and Economics, Chalmers University of Technology, Vera Sandbergs Alle 8, SE-412 96 Gothenburg, Sweden
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Sustainability 2020, 12(12), 4956; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12124956
Received: 7 May 2020 / Revised: 15 June 2020 / Accepted: 16 June 2020 / Published: 18 June 2020
Social procurement is increasingly used by organizations to create social value. An important feature of social procurement used to mitigate issues with social exclusion is employment requirements, which aim to create internships for unemployed marginalized people. However, little is known of their effects on people working at an operative level. Through 23 semi-structured interviews with practitioners in the Swedish construction and real estate sector, this paper adopts a practice lens to analyse the effects of employment requirements (ER). Findings show that practitioners must handle the tension between old and new practices, and strike a balance between fulfilling formal responsibilities and performing new practices on an ad hoc basis, and finding the time and resources to do so. Practitioners act as practice carriers for both traditional work tasks and new employment requirement practices, which can lead to role ambiguity. The paper provides novel details for how employment requirements unfold in practice. It also adds to practice theory by suggesting an important relational aspect between first-order, premeditated practices, and second-order, emergent practices, and how both types of practices are vital for working with employment requirements. View Full-Text
Keywords: social procurement; employment requirements; interns; practice theory; social sustainability; social value; construction and real estate sector; Sweden social procurement; employment requirements; interns; practice theory; social sustainability; social value; construction and real estate sector; Sweden
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Troje, D.; Gluch, P. Beyond Policies and Social Washing: How Social Procurement Unfolds in Practice. Sustainability 2020, 12, 4956. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12124956

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Troje D, Gluch P. Beyond Policies and Social Washing: How Social Procurement Unfolds in Practice. Sustainability. 2020; 12(12):4956. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12124956

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Troje, Daniella, and Pernilla Gluch. 2020. "Beyond Policies and Social Washing: How Social Procurement Unfolds in Practice" Sustainability 12, no. 12: 4956. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12124956

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