This excerpt taken from the GPS 10-Q filed Jun 9, 2009.
8.1 Benchmarking Process
A. Commencing *, Gap may initiate a benchmark analysis of (1) *, (2) *, (3) *, and/or (4) * (individually each, and collectively all, referred to as Aggregated Service(s)). For purposes of this Section 8 (Benchmarking), *. Supplier will provide, as reasonably requested by Gap in order to facilitate a meaningful and effective benchmark analysis, a detailed charge(s) breakdown of the Aggregated Services subject to the benchmark analysis into the elements of *. Additionally, as may be required to normalize the benchmark analysis, the fixed price component of the Annual Services Charge set forth in Table C-1 (Annual Services Charge) shall be allocated on a prorated basis to each of the Aggregated Service(s). Such allocation will be accomplished by dividing the then current Contract Year Charges for the applicable Aggregated Service(s) subject to the benchmark analysis by the total Annual Services Charge for the then current Contract Year to obtain the percentage of the fixed price Annual Services Charge to add to the Aggregated Service(s) in order to establish the then current total price for the Aggregated Service(s) subject to the benchmark analysis. Gap agrees not to duplicate a benchmarking for Aggregated Services within any * period. Gap will select and contract with an independent third party that routinely provides benchmarking as identified on Exhibit D.21 (Approved Benchmarkers) or as otherwise mutually agreed to in writing by the Parties (the Benchmarker) to objectively perform such benchmarking.
B. Each Party shall have the right to review the benchmarking procedures to be utilized by the Benchmarker. If and to the extent Gap and Supplier agree on specific directions, processes or methodologies to be provided to or applied by the Benchmarker, the Benchmarker shall be provided such directions and instructed to apply such processes or methodologies. Otherwise, the Benchmarker shall be instructed to use its professional judgment as to the appropriate processes and methodologies to be applied.
Gap Confidential and Proprietary Information
C. The Benchmarker shall execute an appropriately protective confidentiality agreement consistent with the terms of this Agreement that contains standard non-disclosure agreement protections, provided that Supplier shall have no obligation hereunder to (i) provide the Benchmarker any proprietary information or data relating to Suppliers agreements with other customers or (ii) disclose to the Benchmarker Suppliers cost of delivering the Services under this Agreement.
D. The Benchmarker shall have no financial incentive in the outcome of its analysis. The Benchmarker shall compare (using data from a representative sampling of contracts) the quality, resource utilization, and charges of the Aggregated Service(s) against the quality, resource utilization and charges of information technology service providers performing similar services to ensure that Gap is obtaining pricing and levels of service that are competitive with market prices and service levels, given the nature, volume, performance standards and type of Aggregated Service(s) provided by Supplier hereunder (Benchmarking). The prices established as a result of the Benchmarking shall be the Benchmark. In making this comparison, the Benchmarker shall insure its comparison accounts for vendor financing and other factors including: (i) whether vendor transition-in charges are paid by the customer as incurred or amortized over the term of the agreement; (ii) the extent to which vendor pricing includes the purchase of customers existing assets and on what basis; and (iii) the extent to which vendor pricing includes the cost of acquiring future assets. The Benchmarker shall identify such factors considered and the methodology used to account for such factors in its comparison.