Values and Guiding Principles of Public Procurement


Taking ownership and being responsible to stakeholders for our actions ...essential to preserve the public trust and protect the public interest.


  • Apply sound business judgment.
  • Be knowledgeable of and abide by all applicable laws and regulations.
  • Be responsible stewards of public funds.
  • Maximize competition to the greatest extent practicable.
  • Practice due diligence.
  • Promote effective, economic, and efficient acquisition.
  • Support economic, social, and sustainable communities.
  • Use procurement strategies to optimize value to stakeholders.


Acting in a manner true to these values...essential to preserve the public’s trust.


  • Act and conduct business with honesty and integrity, avoiding even the appearance of impropriety.
  • Maintain consistency in all processes and actions.
  • Meet the ethical standards of the profession.


Unbiased decision-making and action...essential to ensure fairness for the public good.


  • Be open, fair, impartial, and non-discriminatory in all processes.
  • Treat suppliers equitably, without discrimination, and without imposing unnecessary constraints on the competitive market.
  • Use sound professional judgment within established legal frameworks to balance competing interests among stakeholders.


Upholding high standards of job performance and ethical behavior ...essential to balance diverse public interests.


  • Be led by those with education, experience, and professional certification in public procurement.
  • Continually contribute value to the organization.
  • Continually develop as a profession through education, mentorship, innovation, and partnerships.
  • Develop, support, and promote the highest professional standards in order to serve the public good.
  • Seek continuous improvement through on-going training, education, and skill enhancement.


Obligation to assist stakeholders ...essential to support the public good.


  • Be a crucial resource and strategic partner within the organization and community.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with stakeholders.
  • Develop collaborative partnerships to meet public needs.
  • Maintain a customer-service focus while meeting the needs, and protecting the interests, of the organization and the public.


Easily accessible and understandable policies and processes...essential to demonstrate responsible use of public funds.


  • Exercise discretion in the release of confidential information.
  • Maintain current and complete policies, procedures, and records.
  • Provide open access to competitive opportunities.
  • Provide timely access to procurement policies, procedures, and records.

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