Office of Diversity and Inclusion
MSU Denver Statement:
Provide an environment where all business concerns, large or small, majority- or minority-owned, are afforded an equal opportunity to compete for Metropolitan State University of Denver business.
State Procurement Code of Ethics:
It is generally recognized that all businesses— large or small, majority- or minority- owned—should be afforded an equal opportunity to compete. However, most government entities and many corporations have developed specific guidelines and procedures to enforce policies designed to support and stimulate the growth of small business and those owned by minorities or other disadvantaged groups. Such businesses are dependent for their survival and expansion upon being given the opportunity to compete in the marketplace with their larger competitors. Thus, it is incumbent upon the purchasing professional to give them consideration in buying decisions by providing the opportunity to present products and services, and through opportunities to bid.
The following are recommended guidelines for support of small businesses and businesses owned by minorities and other disadvantaged groups.
- Adhere to all applicable laws and regulations.
- Actively support government policies and goals regarding purchases from small businesses and those owned by minorities and other disadvantaged groups.
- Participate in local and/or national organizations whose purpose is to stimulate growth of these entities.
- Seek new sources of supplies and services from small businesses and those owned by minorities and other disadvantaged groups.
- If in a supervisory position, encourage employees to support small businesses, minority-owned businesses, and businesses owned by other disadvantaged groups.
In addition, the state of Colorado has passed legislation creating a goal for state agency purchasing units to give preference to service disabled, veteran-owned small businesses in Colorado.