Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.46
Liaison Fortino Morales
Submission Date April 21, 2016
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University of California, Riverside
OP-17: Guidelines for Business Partners

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 John Cook
Director of Sustainability
Sustainability
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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?:
All

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?:
All

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):

Environmentally Preferable Purchasing
1.Environmentally preferable purchasing underlies and enables all other areas of
sustainable practice in this
Policy. Therefore, the University will maximize its procurement of environmentally
preferable products and services.
2.The University will use its purchasing power to target environmentally preferable
products and services for volume
-discounted pricing to make them cost-competitive with conventional products and services.
3.For products and services without available environmentally preferable
alternatives, the University will work with its existing and potential suppliers and
leverage the University’s purchasing power and market presence to develop
sustainable choices.
4.The University will integrate sustainability requirements into its practices for
competitive bidding in materiel and services procurement, allowing for suppliers
that meet these requirements to earn additional evaluation points.
5.Packaging for all products procured by the University should be designed, produced, and managed in an environmentally sustainable manner. The University shall seek products that have take-back programs, as appropriate.
6.When requested, suppliers citing environmentally preferable purchasing claims
shall provide proper certification or detailed information on environmental claims,
including benefits, durability, and take-back, reuse, and recyclable properties.
Additionally, suppliers are responsible for providing proof of University of
California-accepted third-party certification based upon the requirements of the
University’s Procurement Services Department located in the Office of the
President.
7.The goal of this section G shall be applied within the constraints of research
needs and budgetary requirements and in compliance with applicable rules,
regulations and laws.

The University will require all strategically sourced suppliers to present their
organization’s continuous improvement with the
development of sustainable
products and operational practices in the Procurement Services/Strategic
Sourcing Quarterly Business Reviews.

The University will require all strategically sourced suppliers, and eventually all
suppliers, to report annually on the qualitative aspects of their business
operations and to report quarterly on the sales of products, which will result in
the quantitative measurement of their EPP business with UC.

When requested, suppliers citing EPP claims shall provide proper certifi
cation ordetailed information on environmental claims, including benefits, durability, and
recyclability properties.

The University will recognize recycled content and the following third
party certifications and ratings for the purpose of calculating the percentage of
sustainable products that the University purchases:
a. ENERGY STAR®-Energy Star is a standard for energy efficient
consumer products administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.
b. EPEAT®The Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool is a
method for consumers to evaluate the effect of a product on the
environment. It ranks products as gold, silver or bronze based on a set
of environmental performance criteria. It is managed by the
Green Electronics Council.
c. GREENGUARD®
The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute
certifies products and materials for low chemical emissions.
d. Green Seal®-A Green Seal Certification Mark on a product means
that it has gone through a stringent process to show that it has less
impact on the environment and human health.
e. WaterSense®-WaterSense is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
program designed to encourage water efficiency in the United States through the use of a special label on consumer products.

Standards for packaging materials and their appropriate reuse or disposal will
be outlined in all RFIs, RFQs, and RFPs requiring potential bidders to
document their standards and practices for packaging materials, including materials
contained in the boxes of shipped products to protect goods, as well as the
boxes and cartons themselves. Suppliers who have reusable tote programs
should make these programs available to the University.

The University will specify that all packing materials abide by at least one, and
preferably all, of the criteria listed below:
a. Made from 100% post-consumer recycled materials and be recyclable or
reusable
b. Non-toxic
c. Biodegradable
d. Produced with the minimum amount of resources and sized as small as
possible, while still maintaining product protection during shipping; where
feasible, packaging materials should be eliminated.
The University will use established programs or work
with its suppliers to establish end-of-life reuse, recycling, or “take-back” programs at no extra cost to the University, and in compliance with federal, state, and local laws, and
University environmental standards regarding waste disposal. The University may use other disposition methods, consistent with University Policy BUS
Disposition of Excess Property and Transfer of University
-Owned Property
or, other appropriate University policies. When documentation is required to comply
with federal, State, and local laws or University policy, this shall be incorporated
into the end-of-life program.


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:

UCR uses the Institute of Supply Management Principles and Standards of Ethical Supply Management Conduct
UCR abides by State of California Fair Wage guidelines and UC Living Wage Guidelines for all contracts. See http://www.dir.ca.gov/oprl/pwd/

+ Date Revised: July 5, 2016

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

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