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Socially Responsible Purchasing
Purchasing Services supports "socially responsible purchasing" and has
adopted the Institute for Supply
Management definition that is "a framework of measurable corporate
policies and procedures and resulting behavior designed to benefit the workplace and,
by extensions, the individual, the organization, and the community."
Purchasing Services supports the seven principles of "socially responsible
purchasing" listed below.
- Community: Provide support and add value to your
communities and those
of your supply chain. Encourage members of your supply chain to add value in
- Diversity: Proactively promote purchasing from and the
development of socially diverse suppliers.
Encourage diversity within your own organization and proactively promote diverse
employment practices throughout the supply chain.
- Environment: Encourage your own organization and others to
be proactive in examining opportunities to be
environmentally responsible within their
supply chains either upstream or downstream. Encourage the environmental
responsibility of your suppliers. Encourage the development of environmentally
friendly practices and products throughout your organization.
- Ethics: Be aware of ISM's "Principals and Standards
of Ethical Supply Management Conduct." Abide by your organization's
code of conduct.
- Financial Responsibility: Become knowledgeable of, and
follow, applicable financial standards
and requirements. Apply sound financial practices and ensure transparency
in financial dealings. Actively promote and practice responsible financial
behavior throughout the supply chain.
- Human Rights: Treat people with dignity and respect.
Support and respect the protection of international
human rights within the
organization's sphere of influence. Encourage you organization and its supply
chains to avoid complicity in human or employment rights abuses.
- Safety: Promote a
for each employee in your organization and supply chain. Support the continuous
development and diffusion of safety practices throughout your organization and
the supply chain.