Doing Business with GW


Notice to our Suppliers: Fraudulent Purchase Order Email Activity

We want to alert you to fraudulent email scams involving purchase orders and request for product quotations claiming to originate from the George Washington University. While the university cannot prevent this illegal activity, we are actively working with security to investigate these fraudulent emails.

To reduce our risk in becoming a financial victim of this scam, check out additional guidance.  If you believe you have received a fraudulent email that appears to be from the George Washington University, you may forward it to our Purchasing Department at [email protected] or call us at 202-994-2500. Our team will help verify the email's legitimacy prior to responding and fulfilling the order.

Thank you for your interest in doing business with George Washington University (GW).

GW recognizes individuals, sole proprietors, corporations, partnerships, government agencies, and exempt organizations. If you are interested in being considered for opportunities as a GW supplier, we encourage you to read about our Supplier Registration PolicyCode of Conduct, and Current Business Opportunities. You will then have the opportunity to register your company using our secure iSupply database by following the procedures in the upcoming tabs for either a New Supplier or Existing Supplier. Information collected by GW details your business classification along with the types of goods and services the organization offers to help us identify potential suppliers who may be invited to participate in GW’s sourcing/bid selection process. The Information you provide is frequently accessed by GW Buyers to identify qualified suppliers as new needs and requirements arise.

The University also maintains a Supplier Diversity Initiate Program (MBE/WBE) as part of its efforts to increase participation of minority and women vendors (MBE/WBE). GW seeks to achieve this goal through primary and second-tier suppliers. All primary suppliers must submit a plan with their bids, indicating how they intend to use minority and women-owned vendors as their second-tier suppliers. Each plan is evaluated based on good-faith efforts and is considered based on the following factors:

  • Availability of minority/women vendors who can supply the goods and services requested in the bid documents
  • Competitiveness of the prospective second-tier suppliers

The use of local minority and women-owned businesses strengthens our commitment to the local community. In all cases, however, it is expected that the vendors meet the criteria relating to the price, service, and delivery. Supplier diversity will be one, but not the sole consideration in all contract awards. Ultimately it will be left to the discretion of the primary supplier as to which second-tier suppliers it uses. When a contract is awarded, the supplier is required to maintain its second-tier effort to submit monthly on its progress.


Business Opportunities

All solicitations are transmitted using electronic distribution, via email and through our website. When required by law, GW utilizes Onvia to publicly advertise business opportunities to ensure that all vendors have the opportunity to participate in the solicitation process fairly and openly. while encouraging competition within the vendor community. GW is always interested in obtaining quality goods and services at the most competitive prices.







GW Supplier Code of Conduct

The George Washington University is committed to conducting its procurements in an ethical, legal and socially responsible manner. The University expects its suppliers to share this commitment and, therefore, has established this Supplier Code of Conduct. All University suppliers must meet the following minimum requirements in order to do business with the University.