Ethical Principles for Purchasing and Contracting
The SPPS Purchasing & Contract Services Department recognizes purchasing as a profession and subscribes to the standards and expectations of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing Code of Ethics. The department has also adopted the Global Sullivan Principles of corporate social responsibility, and encourages suppliers to adopt and follow these principles.
As SPPS funding comes from the public, purchases and expenses for any program, school or department must meet the criteria for public purpose (AKA: public expenditures).
The Minnesota Public Purpose Doctrine describes the state of Minnesota's philosophy on the use of public funds, citing regulations related to this issue.
Please see the League of Minnesota Cities Public Purpose Expeditures information memo, the Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust page Public Purpose Doctrine Applies to Gifts, Donations from Public Entities, and the Minnesota State Auditor's Statement of Position for Public Expenditures: Donations and Dues for further information on public purpose.