Local procurement programme

Rio Tinto Iron Ore

Rio Tinto aims to strengthen communities wherever we operate. One way we do this is through our local procurement practices to deliver benefits for communities, suppliers and our business.

Our procurement practices, and those of our contractors, help sustain many Western Australian businesses and, in turn, local communities. Improving these practices, with increased opportunity for local suppliers, can both boost local economies as well as provide us with cost competitive, reliable and high quality services.

We are committed to maximising opportunities for local suppliers and understand increased local procurement will support local economies. We want to encourage local suppliers to become part of our supply chain through various initiatives, including by supporting improvements in capability and increasing competitiveness in key areas such as safety, risk management and commercial value. The ultimate aim with these initiatives is to ensure local businesses are better prepared to compete for contracts going forward.

The local procurement programme aims to support local businesses across the state seeking to tender for work with Rio Tinto through the following activities:

  • Local procurement portal
  • Dedicated local procurement team
  • Increased collaboration with suppliers
  • Local procurement workshops
  • Partnering with business development specialists to build supplier capability

Rio Tinto's dedicated local procurement team aims to improve access to and visibility of procurement opportunities for local suppliers. This portal includes details on the policy as well as upcoming opportunities.

Local Procurement Programme Brochure Supplier User Guide


Capability Enhancement Programme

We are pleased to announce that Rio Tinto is partnering with the Regional Chambers of Commerce & Industry (RCCIWA) to deliver a business Capability Enhancement Programme to build capability in our host communities.

By partnering with RCCIWA and the relevant local regional Chamber of Commerce, a series of workshops and events will be created to engage local businesses and identify gaps in local capacity and capability. The partnership will work to strengthen capability and connect businesses to procurement and project opportunities throughout the Pilbara.

The initial focus will be in the Pilbara with the Karratha & Districts Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KDCCI) and the Pilbara Inland Chamber of Commerce & Industry (PICCI) delivering the service to local businesses with the support and management of RCCIWA.

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Writing Effective Tenders

You are invited to the fourth workshop of the Rio Tinto capability enhancement programme. This workshop will be delivered by a local tendering guru, Eliza Carbines and Rio Tinto's Principal Advisor Procurement, Tegan Hoddy.

Eliza will be provide information on:

  • Tender aesthetics including how to make sure your tender is easy to read;
  • Identifying your unique value proposition (UVP); and
  • The four pillars of structuring responses.

While Tegan will cover tendering from a Rio Tinto perspective, exploring Rio Tinto's templates and evaluation criteria; focusing on what Procurement looks for in your responses in terms of Rio Tinto's values and priorities.

Come along and learn the essentials about tender writing.
Date: Wednesday 5 December, 2018
Time: 5.15pm seating commences for a 5.30pm start, 7.30pm networking, 8pm expected finishing time
Location: Karratha International Hotel, Corner of Hillview and Millstream Roads, Goldfinch Room