Procurement Ethics Policy


Mission Statement

The Contracts, Purchasing & Materials Management Division’s goal is to provide equipment, services and information with the commitment to achieving the highest ethical, economic, and progressive contracts and purchasing standards possible.

Code of Ethics

  • Give first consideration to the objective and policies of the Orange County Sanitation District.
  • Strive to obtain maximum value for each dollar of expenditure.
  • Demand honesty in sales representatives whether offered through verbal, written statement, advertisement, or sample product.
  • Refuse to accept any form of commercial bribery, and prevent any appearance of doing so.
  • Grant all bidders/proposers equal consideration; regard each transaction on its own merits; foster and promote fair, ethical, and legal trade practices.
  • Conduct ourselves with fairness and dignity, and demand honesty and truth in the purchasing process.
  • Ensure that all potential bidders/proposers are provided with adequate and identical information upon which to base their submittal.
  • Conduct business with potential and current vendors in an atmosphere of good faith, devoid of intentional misrepresentation.
  • Make every reasonable effort to negotiate an equitable and mutually agreeable settlement of any controversy, insofar as the established policies of OCSD and law permit.
  •  Never allow purchase orders for identical goods or services to be split or variations to the Board approvals to be made in order to circumvent established delegations.

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