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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 58.51
Liaison Geory Kurtzhals
Submission Date Nov. 23, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Southern Illinois University Carbondale
OP-17: Guidelines for Business Partners

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.75 / 1.00 Derick Chick
Graduate Asssistant
Sustainability Office
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How many of the institution’s business partners are covered by policies, guidelines and/or agreements that require adherence to minimum environmental standards?:
Some

How many of the institution’s business partners are covered by policies, guidelines and/or agreements that require adherence to minimum standards governing employee wages, benefits, working conditions and rights?:
All

A copy of the policies, guidelines, and/or agreements with the institution's business partners (or a representative sample):
The policies, guidelines, and/or agreements with the institution's business partners (or a representative sample):

Business partners that work with a public university in Illinois are required to adhere to the Illinois Procurement Code (30 ILCS 500). This code requires prevailing wage, provides preferences to small and minority owned businesses, and allows institutions to set preferences for disposal and acquisition of environmentally friendly products.

The Illinois Procurement Code and the Procurement Rules of the CPO for Public Institutions of Higher Education applies to all purchases made by the University. It also mandates additional requirements for the procurement of goods/services above the Small Purchase Limits (ie. RFP/IFB/Sole Sources).


A brief description of programs and strategies institution has implemented to ensure that the guidelines are followed, including a brief description of instances when the guidelines have changed purchasing behavior, if applicable:

Requirement of University Employees to Report Procurement Communications

"Effective January 1, 2011, the Illinois Procurement Code (30 ILCS 500/1-1 et seq.) requires procurement communications be reported to the Illinois Procurement Policy Board. In pertinent part, the state reads as follows, "Any written or oral communication received by a State employee that imparts or requests material information or makes a material argument regarding potential action concerning a procurement matter, including, but not limited to, an application, a contract, or a project, shall be reported to the Procurement Policy Board." (30 ILCS 500/50-39(a))

The University’s Ethics Officers have the responsibility of informing employees of the procurement communications requirements and guiding employees through the reporting process. This law requires the employee to report all material communications with vendors that may attempt to influence purchasing decisions.


The website URL where information about the institution’s guidelines for its business partners is available:

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.