Upper Grand District School Board Code of Ethics

  1. All individuals involved in purchasing or other supply  chain-related activities must comply with this Code of Ethics and the laws of Canada and Ontario. The Board, in all its procurement decisions, will be guided by the Purchasing Management Association of Canada (PMAC) Code of Ethics and the Ontario Public Buyers Association (OPBA) Code of Ethics. The Board expects honesty and integrity, professionalism, responsible management and the serving of public interest to be primary values in its procurement decisions.
  2. All individuals involved in purchasing should work continuously to improve supply chain policies and procedures, to improve their supply chain knowledge and skill levels, and to share leading practices.
  3. In accordance with the Code of Ethics and primary values as stated above, the Board’s employees will operate and conduct their procurement decisions and actions based on the following:
    • maintain an unimpeachable standard of integrity in all business relationships both inside and outside the Board;
    • Supply chain activities must be open and accountable. Contracting and purchasing activities must be fair, transparent and conducted with a view to obtain maximum value for each dollar expended in the support of Board students and schools and with regard to the environment;
    • do not use the authority of public office for personal benefit;
    • consider first the interest of the Board and its students in all transactions;
    • preserve the image and integrity of the Board;
    • safeguard confidential information and comply with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act;
    • accept no business gifts other than items of small intrinsic value;
      (Reasonable hospitality is an accepted courtesy of a business relationship. The frequency and nature of gifts or hospitality accepted should not be allowed whereby the recipient might be, or might be perceived by others, to have been influenced in making a business decision as a consequence of accepting such hospitality or gifts.)  
    • seek counsel from the Board’s Purchasing Department as required;
    • buy without prejudice;
    • subscribe to and work for honesty in buying, and denounce all forms of improper business practice;
    • work with the highest ideals of honour and integrity in all public and personal relationships in order to merit the respect and inspire the confidence of the Board and the public being served;
    • seek or dispense no personal favours, and
    • handle each purchasing situation objectively and empathetically, without discrimination.