Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 69.28
Liaison Austin Eriksson
Submission Date Feb. 29, 2016
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California State University, Northridge
OP-17: Guidelines for Business Partners

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Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Austin Eriksson
Sustainability Program Manager
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How many of the institution’s business partners are covered by policies, guidelines and/or agreements that require adherence to minimum environmental standards?:

How many of the institution’s business partners are covered by policies, guidelines and/or agreements that require adherence to minimum standards governing employee wages, benefits, working conditions and rights?:

A copy of the policies, guidelines, and/or agreements with the institution's business partners (or a representative sample):
The policies, guidelines, and/or agreements with the institution's business partners (or a representative sample):

The CSU Sustainability Policy & the Integrated CSU Administrative Manual (ICSUAM) establishes Environmentally Preferred Purchasing and Use practices that are applicable to all California State Universities. California State University, Northridge (CSUN), including, but not limited to, all auxiliary and enterprise operations, is committed to implementing Environmentally Preferred Purchasing and Use practices that meet or exceed CSU’s goals, working within the University’s budgetary, regulatory and programmatic constraints.

CSU Sustainability Policy
Sustainable Procurement
1. Campuses will promote the use of suppliers and/or vendors who reduce waste, re-purpose recycled material, or support other environmentally friendly practices in the provision of goods or services to the CSU under contract. This may include additional evaluation points in solicitation evaluations for suppliers integrating sustainable practices.

2. To move to zero waste, campus practices should: (1) encourage use of products that minimize the volume of trash sent to landfill or incinerators; (2) participate in the CalRecycle Buy-Recycled program or equivalent; and (3) increase recycled content purchases in all Buy-Recycled program product categories.

3. Campuses shall continue to report on all recycled content product categories, consistent with PCC § 1215
3-12217 and shall implement improved tracking and reporting procedures for their recycled content purchases.

CSUN recognizes our impact as a major purchaser of goods and services. As such, the University gives preference to environmentally friendly products whose quality, function, and cost are equal or superior to more traditional products. This policy aims to:
- conserve natural resources
- minimize pollution
- reduce the use of water and energy
- eliminate or reduce environmental health hazards to workers and our community
- support strong recycling markets
- reduce the quantity of materials that are landfilled
- increase the use and availability of environmentally preferable products
- support locally produced goods and services
- educate ourselves, our vendors, and our end users

All University contracts include CSU General Provisions which include requirements in the following categories:
Covenant Against Gratuities
Nondiscrimination requirements (including clauses in all subcontracts)
Compliance with NLRB Orders
Drug-Free Workplace Certification
Forced, Convict, Indentured and Child Labor
Recycled Content Certification
Child Support Compliance Act
Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
Expatriate Corporations
DVBE (Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise) and Small Business Participation
A complete listing of general contract provisions is available at http://www.calstate.edu/csp/crl/gp/gp.shtml
Construction contract provisions are available at http://calstate.edu/cpdc/CM/CGC.shtml
CSU Owner Controlled Insurance Program requires that “Contractor and subcontractors, of any tier, have the explicit responsibility to perform work in accordance with state and local laws, ordinances, codes, regulations and the CIP Safety Manual, affecting Safety and Health.”
Additional information about CSU Contractor safety is available at - http://www.calstate.edu/cpdc/CM/documents/CSUSafetyStandards.pdf
Prevailing wage
CSU requirements for contractors to pay prevailing wage are available at https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CB4QFjAA&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.calstate.edu%2Fcpdc%2Fcm%2FLabor_Compliance%2FLC_Checklist.doc&ei=Qy2EVYmXGczxoATJzLKQCw&usg=AFQjCNHuvhgJl8WyZ7YD6uglPG_CXLNbbA&bvm=bv.96339352,d.cGU&cad=rja
Energy purchases

CSU sustainability policy states “The CSU will endeavor to exceed the State of California and California Public Utilities Commission Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPA) sooner than the established goal of procuring 33 percent of its electricity needs from renewable sources by 2020.”

+ Date Revised: March 30, 2016

A brief description of programs and strategies institution has implemented to ensure that the guidelines are followed, including a brief description of instances when the guidelines have changed purchasing behavior, if applicable:

The website URL where information about the institution’s guidelines for its business partners is available:

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