Social Responsibility

What is Social Responsibility?  A framework of measurable corporate policies and procedures and resulting behavior designed to benefit the workplace, and by extension, the individual, the corporation, and the community in the following areas: community, diversity and inclusiveness (supply base diversity and inclusiveness), workforce, environment, ethics, financial responsibility, human rights, health and safety, and sustainability.


Procurement Services supports "socially responsible purchasing" and has adopted the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) definition that it is a framework of measurable corporate policies and procedures and resulting behavior designed to benefit the workplace and, by extensions, the individual, the organization, and the community.

Procurement Services supports the seven principals of socially responsible purchasing listed below.

1. Community: Provide support and add value to your communities and those of your supply chain. Encourage members of your supply chain to add value in their communities. 

2. Diversity: Proactively promote purchasing from and the development of socially diverse suppliers. Encourage diversity within your own organization and proactively promote diverse employment practices throughout the supply chain. 

3. Environment: Encourage your own organization and others to be proactive in examining opportunities to be environmentally responsible within their supply chains either upstream or downstream. Encourage the environmental responsibility of your suppliers. Encourage the development of environmentally friendly practices and products throughout your organization. 

4. Ethics: Be aware of ISM's "Principals and Standards of Ethical Supply Management Conduct." Abide by your organization's code of conduct. 

5. Financial Responsibility: Become knowledgeable of and follow applicable financial standards and requirements. Apply sound financial practices and ensure transparency in financial dealings. Actively promote and practice responsible financial behavior throughout the supply chain. 

6. Human Rights: Treat people with dignity and respect. Support and respect the protection of international human rights within the organization's sphere of influence. Encourage your organization and its supply chains to avoid complicity in human or employment rights abuses. 

7. Safety: Promote a safe environment for each employee in your organization and supply chain. Support the continuous development and diffusion of safety practices throughout your organization and the supply chain. 

Related Links
Institute for Supply Management (ISM) 
ISM Principals of Social Responsibility 

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