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Suppliers

We work in partnership with our suppliers to manage a complex global supply chain in ways that benefit our customers, our business and our communities.  

Our values of care, curiosity and courage, as well as policies like The way we work and our Supplier Code of Conduct, help define how we work with our suppliers.

Our preference is to buy local products and engage local services. In 2018, we spent $12.3 billion with more than 37,000 suppliers in more than 120 locations.  In areas where the skills, goods and standards we need are not available, we invest in developing that capacity, and in turn, to establish and support local economic development. 

Everywhere we work, we respect and support all internationally recognised human rights, in line with the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We believe that respect for human rights begins with everyday actions, and we want to work with partners who meet or exceed our minimum standards and performance expectations, share our values, and understand our commitments. This commitment is reflected in the pre-screening process of our suppliers.  

Please note that we may need to update our policies and statements from time to time.

Rio Tinto has 20 day payment terms for small suppliers in Australia, the US and Canada.

If you are a small supplier and believe you may qualify for our small business 20 day payment terms please contact VendorFeedback@riotinto.com.

Supplier contacts

P2P (Purchase to Pay) Concierge

For enquiries relating to purchase orders or invoices, for all suppliers globally.

Got an invoice for Rio Tinto?

If you want to lodge an invoice with Rio Tinto please send it to:

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We’ve joined with BHP and Vale – together with Austmine – to launch the Charge On Innovation Challenge. Our goal? To cut diesel use and emissions across our industry by finding a way to electrify mining truck fleets.

This is an important, industry-wide approach that has potential to create new jobs and opportunities for suppliers, both globally and locally.”

Mark Davies, Group Executive Safety, Technical and Projects

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Global purchase order terms

We recently updated our Purchase Order Terms and Conditions to a global standard.

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