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Liaison Brandon Trelstad
Submission Date March 4, 2016
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Oregon State University
OP-17: Guidelines for Business Partners

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Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Brandon Trelstad
Sustainability Coordinator
Sustainability Office
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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):

Regarding adherence to environmental standards, OSU requires the following statement be contained in the Invitation to Bid: "Contractors will use recycled products, as defined in ORS 279A.010(1)(ii), to the maximum extent economically feasible in the performance of the Contract."

Additionally, section 307-002 (Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Policies) of the Procurement and Contract Services Policy & Procedures Manual states:
When purchasing goods and services, Oregon State University will strive to balance short and long-term costs, maintenance, life cycle, and costs to the environment. Oregon State University is committed to identifying goods and services that have a lesser or reduced effect on human health and the environment when compared with competing goods and services that serve the same purpose. This comparison may consider raw materials acquisition, production, manufacturing, packaging, distribution, reuse, operation, maintenance, and disposal of the product. Oregon State University is also committed to identifying companies that utilize environmentally preferable products and services. Companies that are able to supply environmentally preferable products and services (especially post-consumer recycled materials) that meet performance requirements will be encouraged to offer them in bids and proposals.

Contractors doing business with OSU through contracts issued by Procurement, Contract and Materials Management are held to standards that meet the intent of this credit. For example, BOLI Prevailing Wage Rates apply to contractors who contract with OSU on public works projects. The affirmative action, OSHA, Worker’s Comp., and sexual harassment language are incorporated into goods and services contracts that vendors and contractors enter into with OSU. Policies such as the ones for alcoholic beverages, smoking and weapons apply to OSU property and anyone on OSU property: http://leadership.oregonstate.edu/policies/osu-standards. The smoking policy specifically names contractors and consultants.

OSU's non-discrimination policies include protected status classifications that exceed local and state thresholds to include age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

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:

OSU's Procurement and Contract Services Policy & Procedures Manual has a section dedicated to Sustainability: http://fa.oregonstate.edu/pacs-manual/300-purchasing/307-sustainability

For certain procurements, OSU has included reviews of sustainable practices as part of the scoring in our RFP process on applicable solicitations and we have contracted vendors who emphasize sustainable practices i.e. Coastwide laboratories, Interface Flooring and Dell.

More information about employee working conditions and rights can be found at http://oregonstate.edu/oei/discrimination-and-harassment-policies

More information about contractor wages and benefits is at http://leadership.oregonstate.edu/files/standards/capital_construction_580-062.pdf, http://leadership.oregonstate.edu/files/standards/procurement_and_contracting_580-061.pdf and http://leadership.oregonstate.edu/policies/osu-standards

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

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