Multnomah County assists our procurement professionals in best value purchasing by providing our  Sustainable Purchasing and Social Equity Policy. Best Value drivers are cost reductions, risk reduction, and revenue growth.

To better understand why we have focused on Sustainability and Social Equity we must first understand these definitions.

  • Sustainability is defined as the aspiration to ensure meeting the needs of today does not compromise the ability of future generations to meet their own needs tomorrow. 
  • Equity:  Equity ensures that everyone has the resources to succeed. This means in Central Purchasing we provide resources for individuals to succeed throughout the supply chain. 

Equity factors affect social systems on which our communities locally and globally depend on, now and in the future. Equity is providing resources for success which may take many forms in the supply chain. In providing a resource we want to pay particular attention to race, class, gender, disability, Veteran Status, Immigration History, and personal experiences to ensure culturally responsive and specific needs are met. 

These are a few example of how resources can be provided to individuals in our supply chain from the vendors we solicit.  

  • resources for success of small businesses 
  • diversity/equal opportunity
  • equal remuneration
  • fair trade
  • grievance and remedy processes
  • human, indigenous rights upheld in the harvesting and manufacturing processes
  • occupational health and safety
  • sustainable compensation
  • right to collective bargaining 
  • Watch this video called, "Breaking Barriers: Social Equity Within the Supply Chain".

Our Sustainable Purchasing and Social Equity Policy also states we practice the triple bottom line of sustainability which means we bring in considerations of the environment, equity, and economic impacts into goods and services we procure. We focused on equity because we want to provide resources for our employees to succeed in practicing this policy and in turn support equity with the goods and services we procure in our supply chains.


Asking questions about the environment, equity, and economic impacts are critical as we start our market research to ensure we are purchasing goods and services sustainability.  

No idea where to start?

Here are a few tools and resources to help you make a more sustainable purchasing decisions for Multnomah County.

Need help allocating mandatory evaluation points?

You can download an Excel worksheet below where you can just plug in your other points to help you work out what points you need to allocate.
Please note that due to rounding, there may be inconsistencies and you will need to adjust the points. The formula will give you the minimum points, so you can just round up. The Excel sheet is set to round to two decimal places, so that you may make your adjustments as necessary.


Here is an example of how the formula works

Take the points you are allocating to the non-sustainability questions:    

For example, if you start with 200 points for the other questions: those  200 points equal 75% of the total points.  You will need to find out what the total points will be:

200/75% or 200/0.75  = 267 Total Points
So, 67 points equals the 25% of the total points that you need to divide into the three sustainability sections.

  • Sustainability points = 10% of 267 or 267*0.1  = 27 points
  • Social Equity = 10% of 267 or 267*0.1 = 27 points
  • Economic Impacts = 5% of 267 or 267*0.05 = 13 points

View the PUR-8 Policy - Sustainable Purchasing and Social Equity Policy (8.04 MB)