You should always be careful when choosing a supplier and encourage them to uphold our standards and contribute positively to our reputation in line with Our Requirements for Supply.
Only seek suppliers who share our commitment to:
- lawful business practices;
- high standards of business conduct;
- management practices that respect the rights of all employees and local communities;
- minimising impacts on the environment; and
- providing a safe and healthy workplace.
You should conduct a health and safety risk assessment before any sourcing process and make sure commercial decisions do not compromise health and safety.
If there is any doubt about the supplier, or potential supplier’s, integrity or ability to perform the contract, you should address these issues immediately.
All procurement decisions should be based on the best value received, taking into account factors such as safety, price, quality, performance, history and suitability to meet BHP standards. You should be satisfied that the supplier is reputable, competent and qualified to perform the work for which they are being hired, that they will operate safely and ethically, and that the compensation sought is reasonable.
You need to take steps to monitor and assess the supplier’s performance. This will require, at a minimum, carefully checking invoices and raising queries with the supplier about any unclear or excessive charges in accordance with Our Requirements for Supply. Always tell suppliers where they can access Our Code so that they understand our expectations of them.