Principles of Conduct

Public universities subscribe to this National Association of Educational Buyers Code of Ethics:

  • Give first consideration to the objectives and policies of the university.
  • Strive to obtain the maximum value for each dollar of expenditure.
  • Decline personal gifts or gratuities.
  • Grant all competitive suppliers equal consideration insofar as the state or federal statutes, and university policy permit.
  • Conduct business with potential and current suppliers in an atmosphere of good faith, devoid of intentional misrepresentation.
  • Demand honesty in sales representation whether offered through the medium of a verbal or written statement, an advertisement, or a sample of the product.
  • Receive consent of originator of proprietary ideas and design before using them for competitive purchasing purposes
  • Make every reasonable effort to negotiate an equitable and mutually agreeable settlement of any controversy with a supplier; and/or be willing to submit any major controversies to arbitration or third party review, insofar as the established policies of the university permit.
  • Accord a prompt and courteous reception insofar as conditions permit to all who call on legitimate business missions.
  • Cooperate with trade, industrial, and professional associations, and governmental and private agencies for the purpose of promoting and developing sound business methods.
  • Foster fair, ethical, and legal trade practices.
  • Counsel and cooperate with members of the National Association of Educational Buyers (NAEB) and promote a spirit of unity and a keen interest in professional growth among them.