Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.36
Liaison Ian Johnson
Submission Date June 8, 2015
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Colorado College
OP-17: Guidelines for Business Partners

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 1.00 Don Davidson
Director of Purchasing/Finance and Admin
Finance and Admin
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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?:
Some

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?:
Some

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):

In terms of employee wages, the college’s three biggest contracts (with Sodexo, Bon Appetit and Nebraska Books) require that the companies provide a living wage, currently $11.04, for all employees who provide services under the contract. In terms of environmental standards, the facilities department Sustainable Purchasing Guidelines state aims to “reward vendors who reduce environmental impacts in their production and distribution systems or services,” “create a model for successfully purchasing environmentally preferable products that encourages other purchasers in our community to adopt similar goals,” “stimulate demand for ‘environmentally friendly’ products by educating manufacturers and suppliers about the college’s expectations of environmental performance in products,” and “educate ourselves, our vendors, and our end users.”


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 facilities department specifies that quotes, contracts, purchase orders, and requests for proposals should: “Include sustainability language and specifications environmentally preferable products and services into documented purchasing processes. By including such criteria, vendors will be required to accommodate these needs in an agreed manner. Creation of a general clause that is included in all agreements, and incorporating the appropriate language as needed on a commodity-by-commodity basis may increase the flow of sustainable products to the Colorado College campus.”
For example, Bon Appetit, CC's socially responsible food management service, strives to provide the college community with meals that are local, sustainable, delicious, and nutritious. Up until recently, the company sourced from Tyson Foods, but has switched to sustainably/ ethically raised chicken due to feedback from the college.


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

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