PSAA’s audit services contracts covering the audits from 2018/19 to 2022/23 include a clause in relation to ‘Co-operation with PSAA on environmental issues’. This states that “Throughout the Contract the Supplier shall co-operate with PSAA in seeking reasonable and practical ways to improve the sustainability of the delivery of the Services” so there is a requirement for our contracted firms to consider environmental issues.
Reflecting feedback from opted-in bodies and our experience of the contracts from 2018/19, we have broadened the scope of social value that a bidder can provide in its response. Bidders in their response will need to describe how their delivery of social value will be measured and evidenced to PSAA so that it will form part of our contract management arrangements.
When PSAA develops its auditor appointment proposals following contract award to successful firms, one of the factors that we consider is the location of the audit in relation to the locations of the contracted firms’ local audit resources. There is the possibility that one of the outcomes from the remote working enforced by Covid 19 is that auditors will travel less to clients, taking advantage of the significant improvements in video conferencing, but it will be some time before that can be assessed with any clarity.