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Principles and Ethics

All employees, directly or indirectly involved in the acquisition of materials and services must conduct themselves in a manner that is beyond challenge or reproach. The Purchasing Department and the Board of Education subscribes to the following principles and ethics. It is important that our suppliers are aware that the Howard County Board of Education expects all employees involved in any aspect of purchasing goods or services for the school system, to adhere to the following ethical standards:

  • To give primary consideration to the objectives and policies of the Board of Education including, but not limited to Policy #2070.
  • To purchase without prejudice, seeking to obtain the maximum value for each dollar expenditure.
  • To engage in business with all suppliers in an atmosphere of good faith by avoiding any unfair practices or intentional misrepresentation.
  • To refuse gifts or gratuities valued over $20.00 or personal favors from any present or would-be supplier that could influence or impair the impartiality and independence of judgment of the person receiving the gift.
  • To avoid involvement in any transaction or activities that could be considered to be a conflict between personal interest and the interest of the Board of Education.
  • To provide all suppliers equal competition and consideration insofar as state or federal statue and Board of Education policy permits.
  • To approach any controversy or dispute with a supplier in good faith and make a reasonable attempt to reach a mutually agreeable resolution.
  • To promote positive vendor and contractor relationships by according prompt and courteous reception insofar as conditions permit to all who call on legitimate business.
  • To adhere to fair, ethical and legal trade practices.
  • To collaborate with trade, industrial and professional associations, and with governmental and private agencies for the purpose of developing best practices and promoting sound business methods.
  • To refrain from any intently misuse of Howard County Board of Education’s property, funds, or assets for personal gain.
  • To handle information of a confidential or proprietary nature to the Howard County Board of Education and/or suppliers with due care and proper consideration of ethical and legal ramifications and governmental regulations.