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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 77.43
Liaison Claudia Frere-Anderson
Submission Date Oct. 14, 2015
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of Washington, Seattle
OP-17: Guidelines for Business Partners

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.75 / 1.00 Claudia Christensen
Procurement Manager
Procurement Services
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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):
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The policies, guidelines, and/or agreements with the institution's business partners (or a representative sample):

Because the University values these behaviors, and aspires to instill them across all aspects of our business we have created the Supplier Code of Conduct to communicate the minimum standards by which all suppliers are expected to conduct business with the University.
It is our expectation that by adhering to the letter and spirit of this Code of Conduct the University and its suppliers will foster strong, long-term and mutually beneficial business relationships.


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:

The Vendor/Supplier Code of Conduct is incorporated into all major contracts and is discussed with each new supplier during contract launch meetings.

By creating the Code of Conduct the institution has raised the importance and awareness both internally and within the supplier community of the need to comply with certain types of behavior in order to continue to do business with the University.


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

The University of Washington has developed a comprehensive Supplier Corporate Social Responsibility initiative to ensure our contracts and suppliers reflect the University's committment to the elements of sustainability/diversity/human rights. Our focus is to raise awareness and elevate the importance, within the higher education procurement arena, of the importance of measuring and evaluating suppliers on more than the cost of goods and services.

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.