Supply Chain Code of Ethics

Policy Category: 
Approved By: 
Vice-President (Administration and Finance)
Effective Date: 
April 20, 2010

Introduction: To ensure an ethical, professional and accountable Broader Public Sector (BPS) supply chain process is adhered to, this supply chain code of ethics is integral to Lakehead University's procurement of goods and services.
  1. Personal Integrity and Professionalism
    All individuals involved with purchasing or other supply chain-related activities must act, and be seen to act, with integrity and professionalism. Honesty, care and due diligence must be integral to all supply chain activities within and between BPS organizations, suppliers and other stakeholders.

    Respect must be demonstrated for each other and for the environment. Confidential information must be safeguarded. All participants must not engage in any activity that may create, or appear to create, a conflict of interest, such as accepting gifts or favours, providing preferential treatment, or publicly endorsing suppliers or products.

  2. Accountability and Transparency
    Supply chain activities must be open and accountable. In particular, contracting and purchasing activities must be fair, transparent and conducted with a view to obtaining the best value for public money. All participants must ensure that public sector resources are used in a responsible, efficient and effective manner.

  3. Compliance and Continuous Improvement
    All individuals involved in purchasing or other supply chain-related activities must comply with this Code of Ethics and ensure all procurement activities are conducted according to University policies, provincial and federal laws, and respect the principles of ethical business practices. All individuals should continuously work to improve supply chain policies and procedures, to improve their supply chain knowledge and skill levels, and to share leading practices.  
Review: every 5 years by the Vice-President (Administration and Finance)