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Code of Ethics for Vendors

The New Jersey Department of Transportation considers the maintenance of public trust and confidence essential to its proper functioning, and accordingly has adopted this vendors’ Code of Ethics. Vendors who do business with the NJDOT must avoid all situations where propriety or financial interests, or the opportunity for financial gain, could lead to favored treatment for any organization or individual. Vendors must also avoid circumstances and conduct which may not constitute actual wrongdoing, or a conflict of interest, but might nevertheless appear questionable to the general public, thus compromising the integrity of the Department.

This code, originally adopted on December 16, 1987, is based upon the principles established in Executive Order 189 and laws governing the Executive Commission on Ethical Standards. N.J.S.A. 52:13D-12 et seq., which, while not strictly applicable to contractors, provide general guidance in this area. Also, this code has been established pursuant to the authority embodied in N.J.S.A. 27:1A et seq., and for good cause.

This Code of Ethics shall be made part of each Request for Proposal (RFP) promulgated by the Department and be attached to every contract and agreement to which the NJDOT is a party. It shall be distributed to all parties who presently do business with the Department and, to the extent feasible, to all those parties anticipating doing business with the Department.

  1. No vendor* shall employ any NJDOT officer or employee in the business of the vendor or professional activity in which the vendor is involved with the Department officer or employee.

  2. No vendor shall offer or provide any interest, financial or otherwise, direct or indirect, in the business of the vendor or professional activity in which the vendor is involved with the Department officer or employee.

  3. No vendor shall cause or influence, or attempt to cause or influence any NJDOT officer or employee in his or official capacity in any manner which might tend to impair the objectivity or independence of judgment of that NJDOT officer or employee.

  4. No vendor shall cause or influence, or attempt to cause or influence any NJDOT officer or employee to use or attempt to use his or her official position to secure any unwarranted privileges or advantages for that vendor or for any other person.

  5. No vendor shall offer any NJDOT officer or employee any gift, favor, service or other thing of value under circumstances from which it might be reasonably inferred that such gift, service or other thing of value was given or offered for the purpose of influencing the recipient in the discharge of his or her official duties. In addition, officers or employees of the NJDOT will not be permitted to accept breakfasts, lunches, dinners, alcoholic beverages, tickets to entertainment and/or sporting events or any other item which could be construed as having more than nominal value.

    NOTE: This section would permit an NJDOT officer or employee to accept food or refreshments of relatively low monetary value provided during the course of a meeting, conference or other occasion where the employee is properly in attendance (for example - coffee, danish, tea or soda served during a conference break).

    Acceptance of unsolicited advertising or promotional material of nominal value (such as inexpensive pens, pencils, or calendars) would also be permitted.

    Any questions as to what is or is not acceptable or what constitutes proper conduct for a Department officer or employee should be referred to the Department’s Ethics Liaison Officer or his or her designee.

  6. This code is intended to augment, not to replace, existing administrative orders and the current Department Code of Ethics.

*Vendor is defined as any general contractor, subcontractor, consultant, person, firm, corporation or organization engaging in or seeking to do business with the NJDOT.

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