Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 59.65
Liaison Mark Klapatch-Mathias
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2016
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STARS v2.0

University of Wisconsin-River Falls
OP-15: Inclusive and Local Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.29 / 1.00 Gail Anderson
Purchasing Agent
Purchasing Services Office
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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?:
Yes

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

UW System campuses purchase goods and services through State Procurement. The State of Wisconsin is committed to the involvement of minority and veteran-owned business enterprises in the state's procurement program. UWRF follows the State's purchasing policy which allows the campus to award contracts to certified minority or veteran-owned businesses who submit the lowest qualified bid when that qualified bid is not more than 5% more than the apparent low bid. This policy helps to create a diverse supplier base.

State Procurement contracts are also used for Work Centers: Industries for the Blind, East Shore Industries, and WisCraft. RS


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

The percentage of total purchases from disadvantaged businesses, social enterprises and/or local community-based businesses:
1.50

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

State policy requires that the University grant opportunity to women, veterans, disabled and minority-owned vendors. UWRF also honors social enterprises, such as sheltered workshops and Bureau of Corrections (aka Badger Industries). Employees are encouraged to purchase locally whenever possible.

http://www.uwrf.edu/Purchasing/PurchasingFormsAndHandbook.cfm

The percentage of total purchases from disadvantaged businesses, social enterprises and/or local community-based businesses is derived from the annual State of Wisconsin Supplier Diversity Business Report, Fiscal Year 2015. The 1.5% reflects the percentage of UWRF general purchasing that supports Minority Business Enterprises (MBE) or what is now called Supplier Diversity, combined with an estimate of local business .

We purchase a lot of instructor stations from Spectrum Furniture. They are based in Chippewa Falls and have received awards for their "green" practices. Here is a link to that information. Furthermore, our rep lives in the local community, further limiting our impact on travel when spec'ing new equipment.
http://www.spectrumfurniture.com/about/environmental.cfm

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