E&I Cooperative Services, Inc. is a not-for-profit buying cooperative established by members of the National Association of Educational Procurement (NAEP) to provide goods and services to members at the best possible value. The Cooperative is owned by its membership of more than 2,600 colleges, universities, K-12, hospitals, medical research institutions and hospital purchasing organizations located throughout the United States.
E&I’s Board of Directors, provides strategic and management oversight while upholding rigorous governing principles on behalf of the membership. The Board is composed of an annually elected group of nine business administrators/procurement professionals who are elected by our member institutions. There is also one member who is appointed to act as a liaison between E&I and NAEP.
The Cooperative’s Bylaws help guide all of the company’s corporate governance practices - ensuring our openness, integrity, responsibility, and accountability.
E&I Cooperative Purchasing, in collaboration with the purchasing community and NAEP, strives to be the primary conduit for inter-collegiate group purchasing activities by aggregating knowledge, spend and technology to lower costs for its Member Institutions and Business Partners.
To exceed member expectations by providing high quality, cost-effective and timely solutions through a diverse portfolio of competitive contracts and value-added services. This will be accomplished by members, employees, suppliers and business associates working together in an ethical, efficient, professional and respectful manner.
The NAEP/E&I Connection
NAEP and E&I have served a common membership of procurement professionals within educational institutions since 1934. While NAEP delivers professional, community and collaborative development exclusively for procurement professionals in education, E&I provides the advantages of collaboration and strategic sourcing, including aggregated purchasing power, regional and national contracts and our member driven competitive solicitation process.
E&I and NAEP are determined to work together to reach a shared goal of serving the higher education purchasing community. Both organizations are making a conscious effort to reinforce a relationship that emerged decades ago, when a handful of visionary campus purchasing professionals recognized the value of communicating more effectively with their peers and, not long after, recognized the vast potential of cooperative purchasing.
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