Procurement affects and is affected by the public sector organization as a whole, and the community it serves, whether at the local, state, or national level. Therefore, participation in the collaborative development and adoption of Public Procurement Values and Guiding Principles by all stakeholders is desired. As a way to show support for this collaborative initiative, professional organizations may join as a Supporting Organization. There is no time or financial commitment to becoming a Supporting organization. It simply means that the organization supports NIGP’s collaborative efforts to develop public procurement values, principles, and standards of practice. If the organization can share the word about the project with its members, that would be very valuable.

For more information, or to be added as a Supporting Organization, please contact Tina M. Borger, CPPO, Research Director for NIGP at


Unbiased decision-making and action.  This value is essential to ensure fairness for the public good.

1. Be open, fair, impartial, and non-discriminatory in all processes.
2. Treat suppliers equitably, without discrimination, and without imposing unnecessary constraints on the competitive market.
3. Use sound professional judgment within established legal frameworks to balance competing interests among stakeholders.


  1. The use of terms such as "unbiased" and "non-discriminatory", clearly define this standard.

    I also agree with the use of the term "balance competing interests among all stakeholders". This statement is clear, concise and precisely the goal of "model" public procurement.

  2. Procurement must also identify and eliminate or minimize conflict of interest, organizationally or financial, in the participants. Perhaps that should be added here

  3. Good job here. The only suggestion that I have is that you might want to consider adding the word consistent to Guiding Principle #1.

    Amanda Phillips, CPPB, JD

  4. AnonymousMay 14, 2010

    Judgement is a key ingredient.

  5. AnonymousMay 17, 2010

    We must remember the code of ethics plays a big part of procurement.

  6. Carol CooperMay 22, 2010

    Perhaps #2 should say "Treat our customers, or clients.....

    Why? because this would apply to our internal customers as well as suppliers.