Doing business with us

Doing business with us

It's important to us that our suppliers meet or exceed our minimum standards and performance expectations, share our values, and understand our commitments.

In accordance with our standard contractual provisions, Rio Tinto suppliers or potential suppliers are not permitted to use Rio Tinto's name or logo or to make any public announcements or disclosures in relation to their dealings with Rio Tinto without the company's prior written consent. Should approval be given for a public announcement or media release, the wording and manner of publication must also be approved in writing by Rio Tinto. If you are an existing supplier seeking to reference Rio Tinto in a public announcement, please get in touch with your local Rio Tinto Procurement representative.

Our expectations

Rio Tinto's commitment to acting responsibly plays a critical role in our success as a business. Our reputation stems from our four core values - accountability, respect, teamwork and integrity - and we expect those we work with to share the same values.

Prior to starting work, suppliers are subject to our robust qualification process. This involves obtaining sufficient evidence to ensure vendors meet or exceed minimum standards in: health, safety, the environment, human rights, quality management and financial capacity, as well as ethical and anti-corruption practices. To enable us to have a secure, sustainable and internationally-competitive supply chain, there are numerous examples of where we have worked with prospective vendors to help them reach a standard of compliance.

Health, safety and the environment

We expect an equal commitment to health and safety from the businesses we work with. We value suppliers who:

  • Have the ability to work in close collaboration with local and aboriginal businesses and local communities
  • Manage and communicate product health and safety risks
  • Maintain a commitment to health and safety management and the elimination of workplace injuries and illness
  • Have a process for assuring compliance with safety policies, both internally and externally

From an environmental perspective we are extending our awareness and understanding of impacts further into the future, and bringing our responsibility for preventing or minimising those impacts back into the present. We take a strategic approach to driving improved environmental performance in these key areas:

  • Managing and protecting biodiversity
  • Sustainable water management
  • Climate change
  • Product stewardship
  • Integrated closure planning

We value suppliers who are reducing their, and our, environmental footprint through their practices and innovative products and services.

Sustainable development

Rio Tinto makes a significant contribution to sustainable development by making sure local communities have the opportunity to actively participate in the economic activity that results from our operations. We are committed to a sustainable supply chain with a focus on safety, economic prosperity, social wellbeing, environmental stewardship and strong governance. We encourage our suppliers to collaborate with us to achieve our sustainable development objectives though initiatives such as:

  • Skills transfer
  • Mentorship programmes
  • Business advisory services

Find out more about our expectations of suppliers in Rio Tinto Procurement principles

Business integrity

Bribery and corruption

In accordance to The way we work and the Business Integrity Standard, Rio Tinto and its suppliers are not to commit, or become involved in, bribery or corruption of any form.

  • We do not buy business or favour, no matter where we operate, no matter what the situation is, no matter who is involved
  • We never offer, give, demand or accept any financial or other favour to, or from, any person in order to secure business or any other advantage
  • We do not use or make payments to speed up routine administrative actions

Gifts and entertainment

Rio Tinto has a strict Business Integrity Standard which includes rules around the giving and receiving of gifts and entertainment. We expect suppliers to respect and adhere to these standards.

Human rights

We expect our suppliers to support and respect the human rights of their workers, consistent with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Our suppliers must uphold fundamental human rights including but not limited to:

  • Providing a safe working environment
  • Paying a fair wage
  • Equal treatment without distinction based on gender, race, age, religion
  • Freedom from forced labour including access to employee documentation

Download Rio Tinto’s human rights policy

Whistleblowing programme

Speaking-OUT about serious misconduct

Unethical, illegal or irresponsible acts can cause serious loss or harm to an organisation, its employees and its customers. That is why it's everyone's responsibility to help prevent these activities and preserve our culture of integrity. If you see or suspect misconduct, report it immediately to a manager or your Rio Tinto contact.

We respect the confidentiality of associates who report business conduct violations. For this reason, Rio Tinto provides a confidential and independently-operated whistleblowing service called Speak-OUT.

Speak-OUT offers an avenue where serious concerns can be reported anonymously*. It is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year in over 40 languages.

Lodge a concern through Speak-OUT

*In EU/EEA countries (apart from the UK) Rio Tinto does not encourage anonymous use of Speak-OUT.