The City of Madison, Wisconsin, in consultation with the Sweatfree Purchasing Consortium has developed a cooperative "piggyback" contract for public safety, general trade, supervisory and dress apparel, t-shirts and cottonwear that are typically used by Fire, Metro Transit, Police and other municipal operations agencies. The contract is available for use by City of Madison agencies, members of V.A.L.U.E. (Volume Acquisition and Large Uniform Expenditures), a non-profit organization made up of approximately 167 local government counties, cities, towns, villages, school districts, libraries, utitlities and other public entities in the Southeastern Wisconsin area, WAPP (Wisconsin Association of Public Purchasers), and other public agencies in the United States.
The City of Madison and the Sweatfree Purchasing Consortium are committed to promoting the contract among other public agency organizations nationwide, and work to accomplish various reviews and evaluations of bidder and contractor compliances during the RFP process as well as during the contract performance period.
If your agency is interested in using the contract, the first step is to tell the City of Madison. They will put you in touch with their contact at Galls, the contractor.
Request for Proposals (included by reference in the contract)
The Request for Proposals, including appendices and attachments are available for download below.
Addendum No. 1, June 4, 2014, Responses to Questions Received About the RFP
The purpose of the Sweatfree Purchasing Consortium Cooperative Contract Review Panel is to assist the City of Madison and other user agencies in evaluating and achieving compliance with the sweatfree terms and conditions in the Uniform Management Sweatfree Cooperative Contract to be awarded in 2014. The review panel provides guidance and recommendations only; the City of Madison and other user agencies make compliance determinations.
Download the Review Panel guidelines here.
Materials referenced in the guidelines:
This Request for Proposals, published shortly after the one-year anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh, raises the bar for human rights due diligence in government contracting. This multi-government initiative, led by the City of Madison, Wisconsin, is part of a larger effort to to eliminate unsafe and illegal working conditions in apparel factories worldwide. The contract requires:
Download this summary of the human rights due diligence requirements here.