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NIGP Resolves to Support Social Responsibility

October 21, 2006

Source: NIGP

Responsible purchasing gains momentum as the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, Inc. passes resolution encouraging “socially responsible” procurement.

The following resolution was adopted by the Board of Directors of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, Inc. at its official meeting on the 21st day of October, 2006 and signed by Rick Grimm, CPPO, CPPB, Chief Executive Officer and Secretary.

Whereas, the combined expenditures of federal, state and local governments exceed $700 billion for goods and services each year; 

Whereas, the "power of the purse" has long been recognized as a tool with which to bring about social change, and public procurement is an appropriate area for public policy enactment;

Whereas, socially responsible activities include initiatives related to the environment, human rights, safety, financial responsibility, ethics, improving the welfare of society and the quality of life, diversity, equity, justice and fairness and avoiding harm;

Whereas, it is recognized that through the contracting process, public procurement professionals may implement socially responsible policies as enacted by their respective legislative bodies.

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED, that the Board of Directors of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, Inc. (NIGP) encourages all its members to recognize and support Socially Responsible initiatives in public procurement.

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