Community

Local suppliers

We benefit from the land surrounding the communities we work with. So we want to make sure those communities benefit from our presence there as well.

By partnering with local and Indigenous suppliers, we aim to support these businesses and boost local economies.

Where possible, we aim to add local businesses to our supply chain. We want to make it easier for local suppliers to compete for contracts and, in turn, maximise local economic benefits. This includes helping strengthen the capability of local industry, so businesses can be more competitive in the procurement process.

Our Buy Local initiative helps businesses near our operations bid for work with us, by:

  • promoting upcoming work opportunities and enabling suppliers to register interest
  • providing a dedicated team to support local suppliers through our procurement processes
  • supporting capability building programs that strengthen and grow local businesses
  • offering adjusted payment terms for Indigenous and small businesses.
Autohaul driverless trains, Pilbara, Western Australia

Buy Local Australia

In Australia, our diverse supply chain makes operating mines and refineries across regional and remote locations possible.
IOC landscape

Buy Local North America

We have a long history in North America, and we are committed to playing our part in supporting local, Indigenous and diverse businesses and contributing long-term socioeconomic benefits to many United States and Canadian communities.
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Small suppliers payment terms

We offer 14-day payment terms for small suppliers in Australia, and 20-day payment terms in the US and Canada.

Think you qualify for the small business payment term? Contact vendorfeedback@riotinto.com

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Pioneer Portal

We want your innovative ideas and solutions to some of our current business challenges.