Social Impact Partnership Program
The SFPUC invites firms through the contracting process to use their resources to make meaningful, positive impacts in the communities we serve.
Under the Social Impact Partnership (SIP) program, firms voluntarily make commitments that they deliver over a term of the life of their contract via financial contributions and/or volunteer hours to non-profit organizations and/or public education providers. SIP commitments have the potential to transform communities and individuals through meaningful programs and services that create a positive social impact.
The SIP program intersects a firm’s social responsibility values with the SFPUC Commission’s three guiding policies (Environmental Justice, Community Benefits, and Racial Justice). SIP commitments support local communities in addressing inequities, building community trust, improving quality of life, and creating meaningful impact. As the SFPUC builds critical infrastructure for our city and the other counties where we have projects, the agency also aims to support building more just and equitable communities.
For more information about SIP, including an interactive dashboard, please visit the SIP Resources page. If you are a firm and would like more information, please email inquiries to SIP@sfwater.org.
Later this year, the SFPUC will be launching a public registry for non-profit organizations and public education providers to submit their information and express interest in participating in SIP as a beneficiary. Firms will be able to use the interactive registry to search for organizations that align with the program area, geographic area, and commitment type they are considering. If you are a non-profit organization or public education provider interested in participating in the SIP program, please visit our Registry Sign-up for Interested Organizations page.
The SIP program focuses on the four program areas outlined below.
Four Program Areas
Job Exposure, Awareness and Internships
This program area supports opportunities through internships, career exposure and awareness, job training programs, and removing barriers to employment. Examples include labor-certified technical assistance, internships, or job exposure and awareness programs.
Watch human impact stories behind the Job Exposure, Awareness, and Internships program area: Local Opportunities at 1550 Evans, Inside the Pre-Apprentice Training Program, Preparing the Next Generation for Jobs in the Utilities Industry, and Building a National Model for Workforce Inclusion.
This program area supports local small businesses through a variety of services that lead to sustainability, growth, job creation, and the promotion of neighborhood economic health and wealth. Examples include contributions that support business strategies, offer mentorship and training in securing contracts and grants, support programs that help small business owners to understand legal documents such as contracts, bonds, licenses, permits, offer expertise in building sustainable business infrastructure through technology resources and business best practices, support efforts to assist in displacement mitigation, and reduce the effects of redevelopment and gentrification.
Watch a human impact story behind the Small Business program area: Exploring the Bayview Bistro.
This program area benefits public schools, school districts, and out-of-school programs at the elementary through college level. Examples include addressing educational inequities through programs such as STEM, eco-literacy, environmental stewardship, tutoring, curriculum development, teacher trainings, class presentations, field trips and scholarships.
Watch human impact stories behind the Education program area: Inspiring the Next Generation of Environmental Stewards, Inside the Teacher Externship Program, and Student Impact Spotlight: Geri Urgel.
Environmental and Community Health
This program area supports initiatives that address environmental justice and health inequities. Examples include supporting access to nutritious foods and reducing hunger, support of community-led urban agriculture initiatives, or air quality monitoring in neighborhoods disproportionately impacted by pollution.
Watch a human impact story behind the Environmental and Community Health program area: Supporting Our Community When They Need It Most.
How the SIP Program Works
- The SIP program awards bonus points in a competitive bidding process for firms who voluntarily commit to giving back to the communities they are working in.
- The SIP program is included as a component in professional services, alternative delivery construction (including design-build, construction manager/general contractor, or best value), and power procurement solicitations with anticipated contract awards of $5 million and above. These contracts apply bonus points for the SIP submittal, totaling up to five percent (5%) of the total points allocated to the underlying technical portion of the RFP. Depending on the strength of a Firm’s SIP proposal, a Firm may receive all, some, or none of these bonus points. The SFPUC will use a separate independent panel to evaluate a Firm’s proposed voluntary Social Impact Partnership Commitments, and may award Bonus Points, which, if awarded, SFPUC will add to the total score.