Code of Ethics

  •  National Association of Educational Buyers

    • Give first consideration to the objectives and policies of my institution.
    • Strive to obtain the maximum value for each dollar of expenditure.
    • Decline personal gifts or gratuities.
    • Grant all competitive suppliers equal consideration insofar as state or federal statute and institutional policy permit.
    • Conduct business with potential and current suppliers in an atmosphere of good faith, devoid of intentional misrepresentation.
    • Demand honesty in sales representation whether offered through the medium or a verbal or written statement, an advertisement, or a sample of the product.
    • Receive consent of originator of proprietary ideas and designs before using them for competitive purchasing purposes.
    • Make every reasonable effort to negotiate an equitable and mutually agreeable settlement of any controversy with a supplier; and/or be willing to submit any major controversies to arbitration or other third party review, insofar as the established policies of my institution permit.
    • Accord a prompt and courteous reception insofar as conditions permit to all who call on legitimate business missions.
    • Cooperate with trade, industrial and professional associations, and with government and private agencies for the purposes of promoting and developing sound business methods.
    • Foster fair, ethical and legal trade practices.
    • Counsel and cooperate with NAEB members and promote a spirit of unity and a keen interest in professional growth among them.


    The Institute for Public Procurement (NIGP)

    The Institute believes, and it is a condition of membership, that the following ethical principles should govern the conduct of every person employed by a public sector procurement or materials management organization:

    • Seeks or accepts a position as head (or employee) only when fully in accord with the professional principles applicable thereto and when confident of possessing the qualifications to serve under those principles to the advantage of the employing organization.
    • Believes in the dignity and worth of the service rendered by the organization, and the societal responsibilities assumed as a trusted public servant.
    • Is governed by the highest ideals of honor and integrity in all public and personal relationships in order to merit the respect and inspire the confidence of the organization and the public being served.
    • Believes that personal aggrandizement or personal profit obtained through misuse of public or personal relationships is dishonest and not tolerable.
    • Identifies and eliminates participation of any individual in operational situations where a conflict of interest may be involved.
    • Believes that members of the Institute and its staff should at no time, or under any circumstances, accept directly or indirectly, gifts, gratuities, or other things of value from suppliers, which might influence or appear to influence purchasing decisions.
    • Keeps the governmental organization informed, through appropriate channels, on problems and progress of applicable operations by emphasizing the importance of the facts.
    • Resists encroachment on control of personnel in order to preserve integrity as a professional manager.
    • Handles all personnel matters on a merit basis, and in compliance with applicable laws prohibiting discrimination in employment on the basis of politics, religion, color, national origin, disability, gender, age, pregnancy and other protected characteristics.
    • Seeks or dispenses no personal favors. Handles each administrative problem objectively and empathetically, without discrimination.
    • Subscribes to and supports the professional aims and objectives of NIGP - The Institute for Public Procurement.


    The District's Code of Ethics per Policy and Procedure

    All District personnel and vendors are expected to conduct business in accordance with the following Code of Ethics statements:

    1. Give first consideration to the policies, regulations and goals of the District. 


    1. Strive to obtain the maximum value for each dollar of expenditure. 


    1. Conduct business in good faith; demanding honesty and ethical practices from all participants in the purchasing process. 


    1. Decline personal gifts or gratuities from present and potential vendors and contractors since this can influence or appear to influence procurement decisions. 


    1. Grant all competitive suppliers equal consideration as state or federal statute and District policy permit.


    1. Promote positive vendor and contractor relationships by according vendor representatives courteous, fair and ethical treatment.