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Purchasing Ethics: Doing What's Right Across All Supplier Interactions

Date: Monday, December 17, 2018
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 pm EST

Sponsored by Lorman Education Services

Registration - Live Webinar Only: $199.00

Registration - Live Webinar Plus CD Recording: $268.00


Learn how to handle and identify ethical issues in purchasing.

From this topic, you will learn some new ethical procedures that other organizations are using to keep a level playing field from a seasoned professional. This includes keeping procurements competitive and how to handle vendor interactions.

It will give you food for thought as to what you might be overlooking that may give a vendor the impression that you as a procurement professional may not be impartial. What hidden signs to look for and what company policies may need to be instituted to keep or limit undue influence during the bidding process will be discussed.

You will come away with some practical tools that are used in the procurement office to maintain an open and competitive environment.

Learning Objectives:

  • You will be able to describe nonexclusive vendor certificates.
  • You will be able to identify ethics in purchasing.
  • You will be able to discuss what information you should protect.
  • You will be able to review accepting gifts from a supplier.
This Live Webinar Covers These Hot Issues

Ethics in Purchasing

Accepting Gifts From a Supplier

• Establishing Company Policies
• Dollar Limits or Just Say No
• What Does Your Desk Say?

Deciding Between Multiple Suppliers

• Discretionary Purchases
• Preferred Sources
• Minority and Women Owned Businesses
• What to Do If There Is a Tie

What Information You Should Protect

• Communications When Drafting a Procurement Document
• Debriefing a Vendor

Lunches/Dinners and Other Events

• How Does It Appear?
• I'm a Winner
• Setting Policies

Ethical Procurement Documents

• Open Specifications
• Reasonable Prequalifications
• Use of Vendor Supplied Materials

Undue Influence During the Procurement Process

• Steps to Prevent It
• Penalties for Attempting to Influence

Vendor Visits and Interactions

• Keeping Records of Vendor Visits
• Preventing Discussions on Open Solicitations

Casting a Wide Net

• Advertising in the Media
• Posting on Your Website

Noncollusive Vendor Certifications

Observing Patterns

• Soliciting Feedback From No Bidders

Credit Information (Sponsored by Lorman Education Services):
  • CPE
  • ISM
  • AIPB

For Detailed Credit Information page click here

Only registered attendee will receive continuing education credit.


Kenneth M. Jones

  • Procurement Specialist working part time for the SUNY Center for International Development with their program in Kenya, Africa
  • Has trained many University staff on procurement rules and regulations
  • Established online ordering processes with vendors ranging from office supplies to lab chemicals and continues to provide training in his current position to procurement staff in Nairobi, Kenya
  • More than 30 years of experience working in the public and nonprofit procurement field
  • Previous purchasing experience included procuring commodities, services and construction for the departments on campus
  • Conducts regular seminars, webinars and workshops on various procurement topics
  • Past Purchasing assistant for the New York State Office of Taxation and Finance
  • Can be contacted at 518-875-6854 or

(Not available outside the US)