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Good Faith Efforts

The University of Illinois System requires that when diversity goals are not met, Bidders or Proposers may request a change or waiver in those goals and must demonstrate "Good Faith Efforts". The University of Illinois will investigate and determine whether good faith efforts were demonstrated.

University of Illinois Good Faith Effort Documentation Guidelines:

The University of Illinois will consider all other evidence of good faith efforts made by the bidder to secure eligible diverse firms to meet the specified goal.

Any Bidder or Proposer requesting a waiver, must document in writing the steps taken to obtain BEP certified vendors as subcontractors. The University of Illinois may require that the vendor provide additional information upon request.  "Good Faith Efforts" shall, at a minimum, consist of the following:

  1. contacting the Business Enterprise Bureau at least 15 days prior to need and requesting referrals from the certified vendor list and from any other list maintained by the Bureau;
  2. advertising in the Official State Newspaper or a local newspaper as time permits; and
  3. contacting appropriate organizations such as unions, contractor associations, and MBE, FBE, PBE, or veteran oriented organizations.

Last Updated: July 24, 2018

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