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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 Gold
Overall Score 74.63
Liaison Moira Hafer
Submission Date July 30, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Stanford University
OP-17: Guidelines for Business Partners

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Moira Hafer
Sustainability Specialist
Office of Sustainability
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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?:
All

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

see attached document


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:

There are two main components of Stanford's strategy regarding vendor/supplier roles and responsibilities: sustainability and environmental responsibility, and living wage, as further detailed below.

SUSTAINABLE AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY
Seller agrees to use good faith efforts to be environmentally responsible and reduce waste removal costs through:
• Minimizing packaging and using packaging materials that can be recycled
• Offering products that produce less waste than previously-offered products
• Implementing efficient logistics and marketing efforts
• Promoting recycling and reuse programs

LIVING WAGE
Stanford already pays a living wage to its employees and now adopts this living wage and benefit policy to guide its procurement of such services from contractors. Through these guidelines, Stanford seeks to establish minimum pay, access to healthcare benefits and compensated time off for service workers. These guidelines are not intended to prevent contractors from providing wages and benefits in excess of the minimums created here.

For more details, please visit:
http://www.stanford.edu/group/fms/fingate/staff/buypaying/policy_notes/living_wage_benefit_guide.html

The policy has been in effect since 2007 and has made a big difference in Stanford's ability to use local suppliers and to accommodate students and suppliers to become employed by Stanford.


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

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