Ethics & Environmental Statement

Ethics Statement
Open and honest dealing with everyone involved in the purchasing process

Includes all businesses with which the City of Kamloops contracts or purchases goods or services, as well as all members of the purchasing staff and of the public who utilize the services of the Purchasing Division.

Fair and impartial award recommendations for all contracts and tenders

The City of Kamloops will not extend preferential treatment to any vendor, including local companies. Not only is it against the law, it is not a good business practice as it limits fair and open competition for all vendors and is therefore a detriment to obtaining the best possible value for each tax dollar.

An irreproachable standard of personal integrity on the part of all those designated as purchasing agents for the City of Kamloops

No gifts or favours are accepted by Purchasing Division staff in return for business or the consideration of business. The purchasing staff do not publicly endorse one company in order to give that company an advantage over others.

Co-operation with other public agencies in order to obtain the best possible value for every tax dollar

The City of Kamloops is a member of a cooperative purchasing group. Made up of several public agencies, this group pools its expertise and resources in order to practise good value analysis and to purchase goods and services in volume to save tax dollars.

Continuous development of purchasing skills and knowledge

All members of the Purchasing Division are encouraged to take advantage of the many opportunities provided to further their knowledge of good public purchasing principles and to maintain their skills.

Environmental Statement

The City of Kamloops will consider offers on products, projects and services that are Environmentally Preferred.

The City recognizes that procurement decisions made by its employees can make a difference in the pursuit of improving environmental performance. As such, the City supports the purchase of products, projects and services that will minimize the negative impact on the environment when they are practical and can be obtained at a reasonable cost.

Definitions

Environmentally Preferred products, projects and services are those that have a lesser impact on human health and the environment when compared with competing products, projects and services. This comparison may consider:

  • raw materials acquisition (materials that are abundant in nature, natural and biodegradable, organically grown, fast growing and sustainably harvested)
  • production and manufacturing (energy efficient, the use of renewable energy or efficiently used materials)
  • packaging
  • distribution
  • re-use (from recycled content or a recyclable material)
  • operation
  • maintenance
  • disposal options

Environmentally Preferred products, projects and services will have third party certification acceptable to the City of Kamloops.

Practical means the products, projects and services can perform the intended function as well as those made from virgin materials and the cost of the Environmentally Preferred products, projects and service reasonably approximates those made from virgin products. Reasonable cost may require a Life Cycle Cost Analysis of the product, project or service.