Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 58.76
Liaison Krista Bailey
Submission Date July 29, 2011
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STARS v1.0

Pennsylvania State University
OP-13: Vendor Code of Conduct

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Shelley McKeague
Environmental Compliance Specialist
Engineering Services
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Does the institution have and act on a vendor code of conduct or equivalent policy that sets expectations about the social and environmental responsibility of vendors with whom the institution does business?:

The website URL where the vendor code of conduct or equivalent policy is posted :

A copy of the vendor code of conduct or equivalent policy:
A brief description of programs and strategies institution has implemented to ensure the code is followed, including a brief description of instances when vendor code of conduct has changed purchasing behavior within the last five years, if applicable:

The University requires participating vendors on projects to provide their environmental policies for review.
Quarterly or annual reports on environmental status of companies on projects are also required.


Requiring paper company to move out of endangered forests in order to provide University paper products.

Requiring FSC, SFI or recycled copier paper.

Requiring DELL to provide eco friendly packaging.

Requiring PEPSI to use less plastic in their bottled products.

Requiring the elimination of Styrofoam peanuts in the packaging of products sent to PSU.

Required vendors to provide additional discounts on environmental products sold through PSU General Stores.

Require vendors to take back old product and recycle when replaced with new product. (Ceiling tiles and Carpet)

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