Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 52.53
Liaison Jim Vecchione
Submission Date June 6, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Bryant University
OP-11: Sustainable Procurement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.25 / 3.00 Lorraine Letellier
Manager, Auxiliary Services
Auxiliary Services
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Does the institution have written policies, guidelines or directives that seek to support sustainable purchasing across commodity categories institution-wide?:
Yes

A copy of the policies, guidelines or directives:
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The policies, guidelines or directives:

Sustainable Purchasing:
Environmental and Social Responsibility Values for Business Partners:
These environmental and social responsibility values for business partners outline a set of guiding sustainability values that Bryant University will consider when selecting and hiring vendors that also meet a criterion of cost, function, and aesthetics. These values are intended to guide more sustainable procurement around goods that are socially, economically and environmentally responsible. Bryant University will strive to select business partners that demonstrate leadership and align with these values and Bryant University’s sustainability goals. The environmental responsibility and ethical behavior of vendors will be taken into consideration.

Environmental Responsibility:
Safeguarding the environment for the benefit of all peoples now and in the future is a matter of increasing concern for academic communities as well as in society generally. Vendors shall make every effort to demonstrate environmentally responsible practices and production methods and meet well-established third party certification standards. This would include minimization of waste products, use of postconsumer recycled materials, energy efficiency, and the durability, biodegradability, and reparability of the products received from the vendor by the University.

Ethical Behavior:
Bryant University respects internationally recognized human rights as defined by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Associated Covenants, and the International Labor Organization (ILO) Declaration on the Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. We expect our external business partners and their franchisees, if applicable, to value these internationally recognized human rights.

Harassment and Abuse:
Every employee shall be treated with dignity and respect. Vendors will not tolerate any form of harassment or corporal punishment.

Labor Standards:
Fair wages, hours, child labor, forced labor, or leaves [1]: vendors must recognize and respect the legal rights of employees to earn the minimum wage, as well as laws around hours and overtime, medical leave, maternity leave, and forbid child labor. Vendors shall not use forced labor in any form.

Health and Wellbeing of Employees:
Vendors must provide a safe and healthy working environment that is conducive to accident and injury prevention. All activities shall be in full compliance with the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA).

Nondiscrimination:
Vendors shall not subject any person to discrimination in the hiring, salary, benefits, advancement, discipline, termination, or retirement processes on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, color, religion, nationality, age, disability, marital status, or reproductive or familiar situations.

Each vendor shall be an equal opportunity employer and strive to hire disadvantaged or community-based service providers or b corporations.

Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining rights of employees must be respected.

Vendors are encouraged to provide evidence of their adherence to such recognized norms of ethical labor standards.


Does the institution employ Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) when evaluating energy- and water-using products and systems?:
No

Which of the following best describes the institution’s use of LCCA?:
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A brief description of the LCCA policy and/or practices:
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Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating chemically intensive products and services (e.g. building and facilities maintenance, cleaning and sanitizing, landscaping and grounds maintenance)?:
No

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for chemically intensive products and services:
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Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating construction and renovation products (e.g. furnishings and building materials)?:
No

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for construction and renovation products:
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Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating Information technology (IT) products and services (e.g. computers, imaging equipment, mobile phones, data centers and cloud services)?:
No

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for IT products and services:
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Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating food services (i.e. franchises, vending services, concessions, convenience stores)?:
No

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for food services:
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Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating garments and linens?:
No

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for garments and linens:
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Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating professional services (e.g. architectural, engineering, public relations, financial)?:
Yes

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for professional services:

Bryant University gives preference to businesses that are owned, managed, and controlled by members of social and/or economically disadvantaged groups and/or businesses that are located in an economically distressed area and for which local residents comprise 30 percent or more of all employees.

Bryant University gives preference to support local, independently owned businesses:

● Private, worker, community, or cooperative ownership; At least 50% of business is locally-owned.

Bryant University gives preference to support social enterprises:
• An organization that applies commercial strategies to maximize improvements in human and environmental well-being—this may include maximizing social impact alongside profits for external shareholders.


Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating transportation and fuels (e.g. travel, vehicles, delivery services, long haul transport, generator fuels, steam plants)?:
No

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for transportation and fuels:
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Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating wood and paper products?:
Yes

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for wood and paper products:

Bryant University strives to minimize environmental impacts of products and gives preference for postconsumer recycled and/or bio-based products and content.

From Copy Paper RFP: Colored paper required to be 30% PCW paper, FSC Certified


Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating products and services in other commodity categories that the institution has determined to have significant sustainability impacts?:
Yes

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for other commodity categories:

Office supply contract states: "Bryant University is committed to a healthy environment as well as strong academic standards...We will be counting on our supplier, WB Mason, to help increase our use of recycled and recyclable products in the future by suggesting items that fit our sustainability needs and policies. We will also require, on at least a semi-annual basis (or more frequently if necessary) a report of all sustainable products ordered by Bryant."

Note: WB Mason provides this report quarterly and reports on purchase percentage of recycled product as well as purchase percentage from minority owned manufacturers,


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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