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Liaison Steve Mital
Submission Date May 18, 2017
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University of Oregon
OP-17: Guidelines for Business Partners

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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):

All contractors are subject to BOLI Prevailing wage laws. Consultants do not have any system for defining minimum standards other than minimum wage laws in the state of Oregon. All business partners constructing projects above 10,000 sf are subject to the requirements of the Oregon Model of Sustainable Development, which establishes requirements associated with building system designs and the energy efficiency of those projects. All business partners constructing projects at the UO are subject to campus zero waste program requirements established within our campus standards.

BOLI requirements can be found at this link:


Oregon Model for Sustainable Development (OMSD) requirements:

The development, repair, maintenance, and operations of the University of Oregon today have an impact on the local environment and the ability of future generations to thrive. All development, redevelopment, and remodeling on the university of Oregon campus shall incorporate sustainable design principles including existing and future land use, landscaping, building, and transportation plans.


Purchasing and Contracting Services (PCS) facilitates the procurement of goods and services necessary to support the University’s core business functions, delivers value, and does so in accordance with applicable Federal and State Laws, and University Policies.

According to the Comprehensive Environmental Policy, "The University will strive to obtain “best value” by balancing, as both appropriate and permissible, life cycle costs and social and environmental impacts when purchasing goods and services. Where both appropriate and permissible, the University will write specific purchasing policies to guide decision-making on frequently purchased items."

Additional guidance pertaining to purchasing can be found in the University of Oregon Purchasing and Contracting Procedures. The link is below.


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:

Civil penalties exist for violation of state BOLI laws. In addition, OMSD changes purchasing behavior.

University of Oregon Purchasing and Contracting Services Procedures states:

"If, at any time, PCS determines that a nonconformance has occurred, the nonconformance will be categorized into one of two types: (1) unintentional non-conforming actions; and (2) intentional misconduct. Unintentional errors should be dealt with by noting the improper purchase in a log along with the corrective action taken with the employee who made the non-conforming purchase so that they understand correct procedure going forward. Intentional misconduct must be dealt with in accordance with the UO’s policies and procedures on employee discipline for financial misconduct. PCS will refer the matter to the
appropriate office, including any of the following:the employee’s supervisors and department,
Human Resources, the Office of the General Counsel, the Vice President for Finance and Administration, and Internal Audit. Discipline may include termination of employment and criminal prosecution, if warranted."

Additional detail can be found in link below.


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

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