Press Release Article


Date: Dec 19, 2017
Press Release Number: 233-2017

The Port Authority is introducing a new code of ethics for its vendors, contractors and consultants, part of a comprehensive integrity program adopted by the agency’s Board of Commissioners in September.

The program is designed to ensure the highest level of integrity and accountability by Port Authority employees and those hired for any work done on behalf of the Port Authority. The new vendor code strengthens the framework overall and codifies in one place various provisions related to vendor integrity that have been previously included in the Port Authority’s policies and contract provisions. The code mandates that vendors – including any entity supplying goods and services to the Port Authority – consultants and contractors will be required to certify compliance with the code.

The code requires that vendors, contractors and consultants adhere to strict guidelines in the performance of Port Authority work, including: maintenance of accurate books and records; honest reporting; compliance with the Port Authority’s Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) and Disadvantaged Business (DBE) programs; a zero-tolerance policy toward offering gifts to Port Authority employees, and adherence to Fair Employment standards. The code also requires vendors to confirm that the employment of former Port Authority employees would not violate that employee’s post-employment ethical obligations.

More than 34,000 vendors, contractors and consultants are registered to do business with the Port Authority.

In addition, the code limits the use and dissemination of confidential information and Port Authority intellectual property, and imposes clear rules for responsible usage of and access to Port Authority information technology. Vendors, consultants and contractors will also be required to report misconduct or other violations of the code to the Port Authority’s Office of Inspector General.

“This code of ethics is essential to bringing greater accountability, transparency and integrity to this agency,” said Chairman Kevin O’Toole. “The board recognized the importance of this program when we unveiled it in September, and we are fully committed to making it a success.”

“When vendors, contractors and consultants work with the Port Authority, they are working in service of the public,” said Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton. “And just as we strive for the highest standards of ethical and legal compliance from ourselves, we require the same from the vendors we retain to help us meet the needs of the traveling public.”

“This new code requires that our vendors rigorously comply with all legal obligations and behave ethically when they are working on our behalf,” said Lillian Valenti, Chief Procurement and Contracts Officer. “A robust ethics code is an essential component of meeting the mandate of public service with integrity and accountability.”

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Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency’s network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. The Port Authority receives no tax revenue from either the State of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New York. The agency raises the necessary funds for the improvement, construction or acquisition of its facilities primarily on its own credit. For more information, please visit

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