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Purchasing Code of Ethics

Introduction

The Ryerson University Purchasing Code of Ethics is integral to the University Purchasing Policy and the University's practices are guided by this Code of Ethics.

Code of Ethics

Ryerson aspires to high ethical, legal, environmental, managerial and professional standards in the management of the resources entrusted to it.  Within this context, the University shall purchase goods and services in an open, fair and transparent manner and in a competitive environment, so that all transactions yield the optimal benefit to the University in these circumstances.

Guidelines

All employees of the University who, during the course of their duties, are involved in the process of acquiring goods and services shall perform their duties to the following standards:

  • Ensure all purchasing activities are conducted according to University policies, provincial and federal laws, and respect the principles of ethical business practices.
  • Support collaborative purchasing, and the adoption and sharing of leading purchasing practices.
  • Conduct business with all current and prospective suppliers/vendors in good faith.
  • Grant all competing suppliers/vendors fair and equal consideration.
  • Strive to obtain the maximum value for each expenditure.
  • Require honesty and accurate representation of goods and services from all suppliers.
  • Encourage suppliers to consider sustainability and social responsibility in their product or service offerings.
  • Make every reasonable effort to negotiate an equitable and mutually agreeable settlement where disputes occur.
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