Tricky procurement ethics questions and related answers


Triple_Bottom_Line.jpgUnethical behaviour begins with a choice. But, once begun it is a downhill slide on a slippery slope. Some professionals justify their behaviour by judging themselves against their intentions rather than against their actions. However, a decisive litmus test is whether you would feel comfortable if the press spoke to your suppliers about your relationship with them.

In this month’s SmartProcurement we provide some solutions to a few tricky situations in which procurement professionals will likely find themselves at some point in their careers.

1. What can I do when a bidder suggests a cost savings idea?

You can say:

“Thank you for your idea. However, to have a fair and ethical bidding process, I cannot accept a bid whose specification does not follow the same rules as everyone else.

Therefore, we have two options:

i. We can stick with our original specifications; or
ii. We can amend the request for proposal and give all suppliers a fair and equal opportunity to bid on the revised specifications. However, because the specification revision is your idea, I will not share it with other suppliers without your permission.

Which option can we agree upon?”

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