Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 56.88
Liaison Laura Young
Submission Date Feb. 11, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Michigan State University
OP-17: Guidelines for Business Partners

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 1.00 Kim Watson
Former Director, University Services-Procurement
University Services
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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?:
+ Date Revised: March 29, 2016

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):

Michigan State University is committed to having responsible and ethical contractors and subcontractors on its construction projects. To achieve that goal, the University will take the following steps.
Contractor Qualifications
The University will obtain information from and about the contractors on its major construction projects. Depending on the extent of the University’s prior experience with a contractor, that information may include:
 The contractor’s experience on projects of similar size and complexity.
 References from other owners.
 The contractor’s creditworthiness/financial condition.
 The contractor’s safety record and prior history of OSHA/MIOSHA, environmental, or other regulatory violations, discrimination claims, prevailing wage violations, criminal convictions, liens, and litigation (including arbitrations) with owners, contractors, subcontractors, unions, or employees.
 Qualifications of management and supervisory personnel to be assigned by the contractor to the project.
 Access to labor necessary for contract performance.
Contract Specifications
Contracts for the University’s major construction projects will include terms requiring:
 Compliance with all applicable health, safety, and environmental laws and regulations during performance of the contract, and timely provision to the University of copies of any complaint or allegation of a violation of any such regulation, and of any accident report, relating to work performed under the contract.
 Contractors and subcontractors to maintain and make available to the University, upon request, documentation of compliance with the Michigan Prevailing Wage Act, including certified payroll reports and complete payroll records.
 Training for all workers assigned to perform work under the project, including any required OSHA/MIOSHA training.
 Registration of apprentices in bona fide training programs consistent with Prevailing Wage Act requirements.
 Contractors and subcontractors to implement and take steps to enforce a requirement that workers on the project be drug and alcohol free on the job site.
 Promotion of work force and contractor diversity to the fullest degree permitted by law, including prohibition of illegal discrimination and violation of the University’s Anti-Discrimination Policy.
 Promotion of competition through small business development, by encouraging opportunities for qualified new and small businesses, including those owned by women and minorities, to participate in work under the contract, as contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers.
 Contractors and subcontractors to carry appropriate liability insurance in amounts established by the University’s Office of Risk Management and Insurance; to comply with Michigan law on worker’s compensation; to provide bid, payment, and performance bonds for the completion of the contracted work; and to maintain these coverages through the period specified by the Office of Risk Management and Insurance.
 Compliance with licensing requirements applicable to those assigned to perform work under the contract.

+ Date Revised: March 25, 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:


+ Date Revised: March 25, 2016

The website URL where information about the institution’s guidelines for its business partners is available:
+ Date Revised: March 25, 2016

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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