As a contracting authority, the NHS in Scotland has the duty and opportunity to support initiatives that aim to improve the health and well-being of local communities.

The Community Benefit Gateway (CBG) has been established to link suppliers on the NHS National Procurement Framework with local community needs. 

CBG is an online, easy-to-use platform. It makes it simple to match community needs submitted by third sector organisations with NHS Scotland’s suppliers.

Third sector organisations, located at the heart of Scottish communities, submit community needs.

NHS suppliers then bid against the need and support its delivery.

The CBG has been developed and delivered in partnership with:

  • NHS National Services Scotland (NSS) National Procurement
  • Public Health Scotland
  • NHS Boards
  • third sector partners

Visit the NHS Scotland Community Benefit Gateway Portal (external website)

Watch the CBG’s presentation animation (external website)

Sustainable procurement duty and community benefits

Sustainable procurement is a process of investment and expenditure.

Public sector organisations achieve their objectives by providing goods and services.

In their local area, they have a particular focus on maximising:

  • social benefits
  • economic benefits
  • environmental benefits

Sustainable procurement adds value to public procurement.

It does this by:

  • meeting a need through efficient budget management
  • contributing to broader public policy and strategic objectives

Public bodies have the responsibility to include clauses that require the delivery of wider benefits. This in addition to the core purpose of a contract.

This responsibility is defined under the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 (external website).

Community benefits are one way to achieve this obligation. Community benefits can help to build a wide range of positive outcomes.

This may include initiatives which improve the lives of people and communities.

Find out more about community benefits and sustainability on NSS (external website)


For more information, you can visit the NSS website (external website) or email

Last updated: 23 August 2021
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