Shaping, Empowering, and Elevating the Public Procurement Profession through global values, principles, and standards of practice.
In October 2010, the Values and Guiding Principles were finalized and adopted by the NIGP Board of Directors. From that point forward the Values and Guiding Principles began to be adopted by many stakeholder organizations and work on Public Procurement Practices began.
We depend on values to construct the frameworks of our professional lives. They:
- Are enduring beliefs or ideals shared by public procurement and our stakeholders about what is and what is not good or appropriate in our actions.
- Exert major influence on the behavior of an individual
- Serve as broad guidelines
- Influence how we make choices, what choices we make, and how we are to be judged on our actions by the stakeholders.
Doing the right thing. This value is essential to deserve the public's trust.
Unbiased decision making and actions. This value is essential to ensure fairness for the public good.
Taking ownership and being responsible to all stakeholders for our actions. This value is essential to preserve the public trust and protect the public interest.
Upholding high standards of job performance and ethical behavior...essential to balance diverse public interests.
Obligation to assist stakeholders. This value is essential to support the public good.
Easily accessible and understandable policies and processes. This value is essential to demonstrate responsible use of public funds.
Guiding Principles establish the fundamental norms, rules, or ethics that represent what is desirable (values) and affirmative for our profession and help us determine the rightfulness or wrongfulness of our actions. Principles are more explicit than values, and are meant to govern action.
There are a few basic assumptions concerning the Guiding Principles.: