Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.74
Liaison Krista Bailey
Submission Date Oct. 20, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Pennsylvania State University
OP-15: Inclusive and Local Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.41 / 1.00 Mary Easterling
Assoc Director, Analysis & Assessment
Sustainability Institute
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Does the institution have an institution-wide stated intent to support disadvantaged businesses, social enterprises, and/or local community-based businesses?:

A copy of the policy, guidelines or directive governing inclusive and local purchasing:

The policy, guidelines or directive governing inclusive and local purchasing:

Penn State has established the Supplier Diversity Program to ensure woman-owned, minority-owned, veteran-owned, and HUB Zone certified businesses have full opportunity to compete for the University's business. The Manager of Supplier Diversity & Environmentally Responsible Purchasing acts as a liason between diverse suppliers and all University staff who have procurement responsibilities. To qualify as a minority-owned or women-owned business, a business must be at least 51 percent owned, controlled, and/or actively managed by one or more minorities or women. Publicly owned businesses must have at least 51 percent of its stock owned by one or more minorities or women. See http://www.supplierdiversity.psu.edu/SupplierDiversity/Supplier.cfm
Penn State has a small business checklist where we are required to document our business with small, disadvantage, minority, women-owned and HUB zone businesses.

Penn State also has a contractor diversity program known as the OPP Design and Construction Division's Minority Business Enterprise and Women Business Enterprise Program (D&C MBE/WBE), administered by the Office of Physical Plant. The Program has instituted a variety of initiatives to identify and encourage MBEs and WBEs to participate in the University's procurement bidding process in an effort to ensure continued growth of business opportunities for those business enterprises. This program performs a key role by providing outreach, training, and educational programs. The D&C MBE/WBE Program forms a connecting link between the University, MBE/WBE business community, as well as the state, local, and federal agencies. See http://www.supplierdiversity.psu.edu/supplierdiversity/contractor.cfm

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (inclusive and local expenditures)?:

The percentage of total purchases from disadvantaged businesses, social enterprises and/or local community-based businesses:

The website URL where information about the institution’s inclusive and local purchasing policies and/or program is available:

The percentage provided below represents purchases from suppliers, and does not include contractor goods and services. Our Diverse dollar percentage (minority & woman-owned) includes Centralized Purchasing, ARL Purchasing, Housing/Foods Purchasing and Hershey Medical Purchasing.

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.