We expect companies and individuals that work with us to share our values: safety, teamwork, respect, integrity and excellence.
Suppliers may be required to participate in our pre-screening process, which requires companies and individuals to provide sufficient evidence to meet or exceed minimum standards of health, safety, the environment, human rights, quality management and financial capacity, as well as ethical and anti-corruption practices. If and as needed, we can work with prospective suppliers to help them achieve the required standards.
Upon successful award of a contract, suppliers may also be required to provide additional information for our contractor management system, if applicable, including but not limited to health and safety practices, insurance coverage, and company and personnel qualifications.
Health, Safety and the Environment
Health and safety is our number one priority and we expect the same commitment from our partners. We value suppliers who:
- Have the ability to work closely and in partnership with local and Indigenous businesses and local communities
- Manage and communicate product health and safety risks
- Have a strong commitment to health and safety management and the elimination of workplace injuries and illness
- Have processes in place to assure compliance with safety policies
- Reduce our collective environmental footprint through their practices, products and services
Supplier Code of Conduct
Our Supplier Code of Conduct sets out our expectations of suppliers and their subsidiaries and subcontractors with respect to key issues ranging from health and safety, compliance, human rights, environment and reporting. We may choose not to work with suppliers who do not meet our expectations. If you have questions regarding our Supplier Code of Conduct, or about our expectations of our suppliers and business partners, please email us.
Download the Supplier Code of Conduct
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Bribery & Corruption
Gifts & Entertainment
In compliance with the Supplier Code of Conduct, The Way We Work and our Business Integrity Standard, neither Rio Tinto nor our suppliers can commit, or become involved in, bribery or corruption in any form. We do not ever offer, give, demand or accept any financial or other forms of 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.
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
Whistleblowing programme - speaking out about serious misconduct
Unethical, illegal or irresponsible acts can cause serious loss or harm to our business, employees and customers, which is why we consider it everyone's responsibility to help prevent such behaviour and preserve and strengthen our culture of integrity. If you see or suspect misconduct, we ask you to please 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, we provide a confidential, independently-operated whistleblowing programme called Talk to Peggy. Talk to Peggy lets you report serious concerns anonymously: 24 hours a day, 365 days a year in more than 40 languages.
Iron Ore Contractor Engagement Solution
Our contractor engagement solution will make it easier to work with Iron Ore. The solution will enable easy on-boarding, simplified invoicing processes and clarify who is working on site.
The most important outcome from this solution will be improved safety on our sites.
For further questions about our Contractor Engagement Solution please contact us.
Our suppliers may be required to become familiar with our freight management requirements.
Suppliers are also advised to view our “Prepare to move it right” video below.
Iron Ore Local Procurement Programme
The local procurement programme aims to support local businesses across the state to bid for work with Rio Tinto through:
- Local procurement portal
- Dedicated local procurement team
- Increased collaboration with suppliers
- Local procurement workshops
- Partnering with business development specialists to build supplier capacity