Cambridge City Council Order #091
CEASE BUSINESS WITH THE GOVERNMENT OF INDONESIA
On July 27, 1998, the Cambridge City Council passed Order #091 which resolved that as a matter of public policy, the City of Cambridge will not purchase goods, services or commodities from any company or corporation, including its parents, subsidiaries or franchisees, that is either: 1. prospecting or drilling for oil or natural gas in the Timor Gap; or 2. selling military equipment or providing military assistance, including but not restricted to small arms, war planes, spare parts, ammunition, missiles, helicopters and transport planes to the government of Indonesia.
These resolutions shall not apply if the Purchasing Agent makes a finding that: the particular goods or services to be supplied are necessary to protect or preserve the health, safety or welfare of the public and no comparable product is available from another source without incurring substantial additional costs or suffering substantial decrease in quality; that the implementation of this policy would be inconsistent with the laws of the Commonwealth, including the competitive bidding statutes; or that the implementation of this policy would be inconsistent with established guidelines for a particular product or class of products.
(Note: Companies receiving Cambridge city contracts must sign a statement regarding business with Burma as well as East Timor. This is delineated in the following resolution.)
RESTRICTIONS ON DOING BUSINESS WITH BURMA
On June 8, 1998, the Cambridge City Council passed Order #039 which resolved that as a matter of public policy, the City of Cambridge will not purchase goods, services or commodities from any company or corporation that does business with the nation of Burma (Myanmar).
Doing business with Burma is defined as: having a principal place of business, place of incorporation or its corporate headquarters in Burma or having any operations, leases, franchise, majority-owned subsidiaries, distribution agreements or any other similar agreements in Burma , or being the majority-owned subsidiary, licensee or franchise of such a person; providing financial services to the government of Burma , including providing direct loans, underwriting government securities, providing any consulting advice or assistance, providing brokerage services, acting as a trustee or escrow agent or otherwise as an agent pursuant to a contractual agreement; promoting the importation or sale of gems, timber, oil, gas or other related products, commerce in which is largely controlled by the government of Burma, from Burma; providing any goods or services to the government of Burma.
A person with operations in Burma for the sole purpose of reporting the news or solely for the purpose of providing goods or services for the provision of international telecommunications shall not be subject to the provisions of the resolution.
I certify under the pains and penalties of perjury that my business does not do business with or in Burma and that my business does not conduct any of the prohibited activities described in Order 091.
_______________________________ Name and Title
A copy of the resolutions are available from the Purchasing Department and can be downloaded from http://www.ci.cambridge.ma.us/city_hall/purchasing-faqs.html