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Choose ethical businesses

Choose ethical businesses. Icon of justice scales.Queenslanders expect the government to spend every cent with great care. That’s why we will ensure all purchases we make are with ethical, environmentally and socially responsible suppliers that uphold their commitments made in tenders and contracts, or required by policies or laws.

Action items

  • Use ethical suppliers that honour commitments made in their tenders and contracts, or required by policies or laws.
  • Ensure that suppliers that do not comply with the Ethical Supplier Threshold are excluded from supplying to Queensland Government. 
  • Suspend unethical suppliers that accumulate 20 or more demerits (within 12 months) under the Ethical Supplier Mandate​, so that they are unable to tender for government business for a defined period.
  • Monitor supplier performance to identify the small percentage of suppliers who wilfully and repeatedly fail to deliver on commitments, breach contractual or policy requirements, or break laws. 
  • Include standard clauses in contracts that reference the Ethical Supplier Mandate. However, the Mandate will apply whether these clauses are in place or not.
  • Inform suppliers that they should take reasonable action to ensure compliance with the Ethical Supplier Mandate and the Ethical Supplier Threshold within supply chains.
Better procurement can contribute to improved economic, social and environmental outcomes.

Spend with care

As a significant investor in our state, the Queensland Government must lead by example. We are committed to engaging suppliers who deliver genuine, quality, secure ongoing jobs with fair pay and safe working conditions for Queenslanders.

The Ethical Supplier Mandate will benefit suppliers, as well as workers and the broader Queensland community by:

  • ensuring suppliers are treated fairly and not exposed to undercutting and unjust competition
  • making Queensland workplaces fairer and safer
  • ensuring that Queensland taxpayers’ money is used to build the local economy and support jobs.

We will do business with suppliers that uphold their social, economic and environmental commitments, honour commitments made in tenders and contracts, and comply with policies and laws.​

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