Purchasing Associations

National Institute of Governmental Purchasing
NIGP Code of Ethics
The National Institute of Governmental Purchasing believes, and it is a condition of membership, that the following ethical principles should govern the conduct of every person employed by a public sector procurement or materials management organization. Certain ethical points are:
  • Seeks or accepts a position as head (or employee) only when fully in accord with the professional principles applicable thereto and when confident of possessing the qualifications to serve under those principles to the advantage of the employing organization.
  • Believes in the dignity and worth of the service rendered by the organization, and the societal responsibilities assumed as a trusted public servant.
  • Is governed by the highest ideals of honor and integrity in all public and personal relationships in order to merit the respect and inspire the confidence of the organization and the public being serviced.
  • Believes that personal aggrandizement or personal profit obtained through misuse of public or personal relationships is dishonest and not tolerable.
  • Identifies and eliminates participation of any individual in operational situations where a conflict of interest may be involved.
  • Believes that members of the Institute and its staff should at no time, or under any circumstances, accept directly or indirectly, gifts, gratuities, or other things of value from suppliers, which might influence or appear to influence purchasing decisions.
  • Keeps the governmental organization informed, through appropriate channels, on problems and progress of applicable operations by emphasizing the importance of the fact.
  • Resists encroachment on control of personnel in order to preserve integrity as a professional manager. Handles all personnel matters on a merit basis, and in compliance with applicable laws prohibiting discrimination in employment on the basis of politics, religion, color, national origin, disability, gender, age, pregnancy and other protected characteristics.
  • Seeks or dispenses no personal favors, handles each administrative problem objectively and empathetically, without discrimination.
  • Subscribes to and supports the professional aims and objectives of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, Inc.
Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing
The Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing (VAGP) is the largest chapter of the NIGP with over 1,130 members and 289 member agencies. VAGP was chartered in 1958 and became a member of NIGP in 1978. Membership is comprised of purchasing professionals from state agencies, counties, cities, towns, colleges, universities, school divisions, hospitals, authorities and community service boards. VAGP has earned the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing Large Chapter of the Year Award 7 times and the 1st runner up twice.