Code of Ethics
Because personnel who are involved in the procurement function are in a position to provide or withhold substantial rewards for suppliers who serve USNH, and because they constantly operate under pressure from conflicting sources, they must have a highly developed sense of professional ethics to resist these pressures and to serve USNH in an honorable way.
To strengthen ethical awareness, and to provide guidelines for its members, the National Association of Education Buyers has an established code of ethics which is printed below. All USNH purchasing professionals subscribe to the National Association of Educational Buyers Code of Ethics.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF EDUCATION BUYERS (NAEB) CODE OF ETHICS
- 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 of federal statue 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 of 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 governmental and private agencies for the purpose 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.
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