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Procurement for the Common Good

Expenditure of Funds that Reflect the University's Mission and Values

The University considers the prudent expenditure of funds to be an important responsibility and reflective of the University’s mission and the Marianist values.  The University is uniquely positioned to foster partnerships in the local and global community.  Thus, the University views its purchasing decisions as opportunities to choose environmentally and socially preferable products and services, to support vendors with strong commitments to sustainability, to support the local economy, and to pursue the common good.

Sustainability and Supplier Diversity

#5 Top Performer

Recognized in the STARS 2021 Campus Sustainability Index for Purchasing amongst 680 universities

9% MWBE Spend

Achieved 2022 goal of 9% spend with minority and woman-owned suppliers; 2023 goal is 11%

Supplier Diversity Goal

Small, Minority, and Women-Owned Business Enterprises

University of Dayton is committed to increase Small, Minority, and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (SMWBE) spend. Our goal is to grow expenditures to 20% for Minority and/or Woman-owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) with a minimum of 25% for Small Business Enterprises (SBE) by 2026. We will continue to to emphasize partnerships with local suppliers.

2022 supplier diversity award logo
National Recognition

Jesse L. Moore Supplier Diversity Award Recipient

The University of Dayton received the Jesse L. Moore Supplier 2022 Diversity Award, a national recognition from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine honoring colleges and universities that take proactive steps to support and engage with minority-owned businesses. (April 2022)

National Recognition

Jesse L. Moore Supplier Diversity Award Recipient

2022 supplier diversity award logo

The University of Dayton received the Jesse L. Moore Supplier 2022 Diversity Award, a national recognition from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine honoring colleges and universities that take proactive steps to support and engage with minority-owned businesses. (April 2022)

Procurement for the Common Good
Fair, Ethical, and Sustainable Sourcing

To better align the University’s purchasing and vendor practices with Catholic and Marianist principles and standards for social, economic, and ecological justice, a campus working group was formed of faculty, staff and students. In carrying out this cause we strive to also integrate some of the best practices of world-class organizations for fair, ethical, and sustainable standards. This work directly supports the University commitment to the UN Global Compact.

Environmental Sustainability

Guided by our Marianist values, we are committed to shaping better communities and a more just, resilient future for all. We encourage vendors to adopt sustainable practices and offer sustainable products. We are proud that 100% of paper purchased is offset with trees planted by the Arbor Day Foundation through Office Depot's Tree Up program and 98% of electronics purchased are EPEAT Gold or EPEAT Silver rated. 

Supplier Diversity

University of Dayton is a Committed Buying Organization in partnership with Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Minority Business Partnership (MBP), an economic development initiative which seeks to help grow our economy and strengthen area business by leveraging the Dayton region’s minority assets. In 2020, as part of the University's Anti-Racist Action Plan, a 5 year glidepath was created to increase spend with Small, Minority, and Women-Owned Business Enterprises.

Community Impact

Buying local is one way that we create jobs and overall wealth for our regional community. The University of Dayton is committed to working with the community to ensure our economic power along with human and intellectual resources are used to improve the regional economy.

Highlights

  • Sustainability
  • Small Business
  • Every Sourcing Request is an Opportunity
  • Sustainable Purchasing

    Of 20 focus areas tracked in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System for colleges and universities to measure sustainability performance, University of Dayton ranked #5 of 680 self-reported institutions in 2021.

    Medi-Shield, Centerville, Ohio

    "There is no doubt that the relationship with the University of Dayton has strengthened our company's reputation. This shows that even as a small business, we are able to provide quality produces and services to our clients," owner Dr. Tokundo Adelekan said. "It's very important for the University of Dayton to work with companies that are owned by persons that reflect the rich and diverse global citizenship that informs this region." - United States Supply Chain Management Council, 24 November 2020

    University of Dayton Inclusive Excellence Academy

    The Case for Supplier Diversity: Revamping Opportunity in America On March 30, 2021, in a collaborative effort with supplier diversity experts across the state of Ohio, the University hosted a training course specifically designed for non-procurement professionals based on a university campus.

    2021/2022 Year in Review

    • The University of Dayton received the Jesse L. Moore Supplier 2022 Diversity Award, a national recognition from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine honoring colleges and universities that take proactive steps to support and engage with minority-owned businesses.
    • The University of Dayton's diversity spend was $15M, meeting the institution's goal of growing Minority and/or Woman-owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) to 9%. 
    • In addition, the institution spend with Small Business Enterprises (SBE) was $57M, or 32% of the University spend. 
    • In June 2022, University of Dayton presented "Procurement for the Common Good" at the National Association of Educational Procurement annual conference in Dallas, TX.
    • In November 2021, University of Dayton committed to the Vatican's Laudato Sí Action Platform.
    • Inclusion of SMWBE suppliers was tracked for 100% of formal bids. 
    • Grew supplier database to over 1,900 small and diverse businesses.

    We All Play a Part

    All members of the University community are required to exercise good judgment in authorizing expenditures, regardless of the source of funds. Purchasing decisions should be made with consideration given to the total lifecycle cost of an item, including but not limited to the acquisition, usage, energy, maintenance, repair and disposal costs. Further, those making purchasing decisions should be mindful of university commitments in areas including environmental impact, diversity and small business spending.

    The University of Dayton has a long term commitment to assist small businesses and small disadvantaged businesses to grow and succeed. UD understands that it makes good business sense to work with the small business community & entrepreneurs whose active participation in the local and national economy fosters innovation, creativity, and competition. In compliance with federal procurement regulations and Public Law 85-536, UD has pledged to utilize Small, Small Disadvantaged, Small Woman-Owned, Small Veteran-Owned, Small Disabled-Veteran-Owned, Native American-Owned, Native Alaskan-Owned, HBCU/MI, and Small HUBZone Business concerns as subcontractors, consultants, and vendors for materials, supplies, and services.

    We Appreciate Our Community Partners

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    Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council logo
    Women's Business Enterprise Council Ohio River Valley logo