Spartanburg Water is committed to the intentional utilization of Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) in all areas of procurement. In keeping with this commitment, Spartanburg Water encourages participation from firms who are either MWBE firms or who have a MWBE partner. In addition to the use of a MWBE partner, if any, Spartanburg Water encourages the use of MWBE subcontractors, suppliers or vendors for these anticipated opportunities.
In 2020, there was a 3.5 percent increase in solicitations and an 8.1 percent increase in purchasing transactions with MWBE vendors compared to 2019.The vendors added in 2020 provide a variety of goods and services including security services, janitorial services, and right of way clearing. We continue to pursue the use of MWBE vendors and partners on large scale capital projects.
Spartanburg Water recognizes that its mission includes not only being a good steward of the District’s resources, but it also includes using those resources for the benefit of the surrounding community. One method that Spartanburg Water may use is Community Benefit Agreements. As such, Spartanburg Water authorizes and approves the use of Community Benefit Agreements. The Chief Executive Officer develops and implements procedures and guidelines for this Community Benefit Policy consistent with this Procurement Policy.
Spartanburg Water is one of just a few organizations in the country utilizing a Community Benefit Program and the only organization in the state of South Carolina. Since being added to the Procurement Policy in 2015, 18 vendors have participated in the Community Benefit Program and contributed their resources to the betterment of the Spartanburg Community.
Our Community Benefit Program is an initiative that is designed to benefit the community within the Spartanburg Water service area. With their participation in projects for, and contracts with, Spartanburg Water, suppliers are encouraged to participate in community benefit programs. Below are some of the examples of possible community benefit programs:
Workforce Development: This can include on-the-job training, internships, employment opportunities, and the overall needs of the local community when it comes to employment obstacles.
Economic Development: This can include contracting with local companies, small businesses and hiring local workers. It can also include supporting programs and organizations that develop local businesses and business owners.
Environmental Programs: This can include supporting programs that promote healthy, livable and sustainable communities such as the creation and maintenance of parks, community gardens and public open spaces as well as the protection and recreational use of rivers and tributaries. This can also include supporting programs that promote the care and preservation of natural resources.
Education: This can include mentoring or tutoring within local school districts, support for scholarship opportunities, or support of programs that provide support and investment in local area schools and education.
Businesses active in our program in 2020 and the nonprofits they supported:
For more information on how your organization can be a part of our Community Benefit Program, contact Remsen Parrish, Purchasing Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.