|Overall Rating||Bronze - expired|
|Submission Date||Sept. 17, 2013|
OP-T2-25: Local Businesses
|0.25 / 0.25||
Vice President for Finance and Treasurer
Does the institution give preference to local products and businesses in its purchasing decisions? Local food purchases, which are covered in OP Credit 6: Food Purchasing, are not included in this credit.:
A brief description of the program:
Bridgewater does not have a formal policy to give preference to local businesses, but, for practical reasons, however, we end up using local businesses for many purchases – simply because these firms can perform more economically and efficiently. For example, landscape services or painting contractors use local labor and have lower transportation costs for both people and equipment. The College requires competitive bidding for all purchases over $2,000.00 and this ensures that the most cost effective option is selected, thereby advantaging local vendors in many cases.
The website URL where information about the program, policy, or practice is available:
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