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



Obligation to assist stakeholders.  This value is essential to support the public good.


1. Be a crucial resource and strategic partner within the organization and community.
2. Develop and maintain relationships with stakeholders.
3. Develop collaborative partnerships to meet public needs.
4. Maintain a customer-service focus while meeting the needs, and protecting the interests, of the organization and the public.


  1. AnonymousMay 12, 2010

    Develop and maintain relationships with stakeholders, both internally and externally

    Too bad "without political influence" can't be added

  2. AnonymousMay 12, 2010

    Too bad "without political agency / management influence" can't be added

  3. Nancy PrzymusMay 12, 2010

    Adding language that recognizes the political environment in which public purchasing agents must work only strenghtens our ability to influence elected officials to follow the "rule of law" and the accepted policies and procedures of our province, department, agency etc. We shouldn't shy away from the obvious difficulties of being ethical in a politically charged environment.

    For years my mantra has been to the elected official: "let us just follow the process, so no one can criticize the outcoume. The process is your protection."

  4. This one is very well written. Bravo!

  5. I offered comments elsewhere that at this level, the words are pretty but meanings are still vague, and there is a lot of possible overlap between the principles listed under all the different values. For instance, #'s 1 and 4 here sound related to #4 and 7-9 under Accountability. Future material should clearly lead to different aims and applications. Thanks.

    Jon Walton, J.D., CPPB
    State of Oregon

  6. AnonymousMay 18, 2010

    Nancy Przymus VERY WELL SAID!

  7. AnonymousMay 18, 2010

    Nancy Przymus VERY WELL SAID!

  8. Now this is a good definition of stakeholder.

    Use it throughout.

  9. John AdlerJune 03, 2010

    We all work in a political environment. We work for elected and appointed officials who set political policy. We cannot avoid politics.