As one of Australia’s largest tertiary institutions, RMIT has a significant impact through the University’s operational footprint and supply chain.
This allows the University to leverage its buying power to drive improved practices in the supply chain and support the strategic objective of shaping the world.
Guided by the Sustainable Procurement Plan, RMIT integrates sustainability considerations into its procurement practices including processes, responsibilities and governance. The University's approach to sustainable procurement is aligned with the international standard, ISO 20400:2017 Sustainable procurement – guidance (ISO 20400). The standard defines sustainable procurement as “procurement that has the most positive environmental, social and economic impacts possible over the entire life cycle”.
RMIT is a signatory to the UN Global Compact and is committed to applying its Ten Principles that establish fundamental responsibilities of business in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.
The RMIT Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) framework is applied in the procurement process to meet these principles and to ensure that suppliers meet the minimum requirements regarding their own ethical practices. The CSR framework includes a comprehensive screening process for prospective suppliers and the signing of the RMIT Supplier Code of Conduct as a requirement of the contract process.
All tenders have a weighting for sustainability, Indigenous and student engagement outcomes and sustainability outcomes are also driven through the contract management process with existing vendors.
RMIT is committed to the triple bottom line approach regarding environmental, social and financial sustainability. All procurement decisions will take account of RMIT’s responsibilities and obligations regarding:
a. diversity, inclusion and accessibility
b. labour and human rights principles, including the risk of modern slavery in supply chains
c. social and environmental sustainability
d. supporting the business and entrepreneurial endeavours of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
e. data privacy and data security
f. corporate governance and ethical business practices
g. document and records retention
h. wellbeing, health and safety of all RMIT employees, contractors, consultants and students.
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This Supplier Code of Conduct describes RMIT’s minimum requirements regarding the conduct of its suppliers of goods and services in the areas of labour and human rights, protection against modern slavery, environmental management, health and safety, corporate governance and ethical business practices.
Our suppliers must demonstrate that they align with our values and are willing to drive continuous improvement in their processes, to enable RMIT to meet the following Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) commitments:
RMIT is a signatory to the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact - this means operating in ways that, at a minimum, meet fundamental responsibilities in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.
One of our values is courage - We are honest and fair in our conduct and relationships. We embrace new thinking and evidence, test it rigorously and apply it to our own learning. We are strongly committed to performance, accountability and value for money. We speak out on issues of importance to our community and our world. We respect the rights of others and our obligations to the health of the planet.
To provide an environment at RMIT Group that promotes diversity and inclusion, equal opportunity and prevents discrimination.
RMIT creates life-changing opportunities for all, welcomes students and staff from diverse backgrounds, honours the identity and knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nations, and is an accessible and open institution dedicated to serving the needs of the whole community.
RMIT takes every opportunity to support and improve gender equality outcomes addressing any gender imbalances, including gender pay gaps, senior gender representation and career progression. Promotion of flexible ways of working for all genders are important to support caring and parental responsibilities.
RMIT is committed to developing a values-based health, safety and wellbeing culture and seeks to enhance the health, safety and wellbeing of its people so they can thrive in work and life.
The Supplier Code of Conduct (‘Supplier Code’) applies to all individuals and organisations (‘Suppliers”) wishing to engage with the University for the provision of goods and services.
Fundamental to this Supplier Code is a requirement that all Suppliers operate in full compliance with all laws, rules and regulations of the jurisdictions in which they do business.
The requirements outlined in the Supplier Code are not intended to supersede or alter the Supplier’s regulatory and contractual obligations. RMIT requires all existing and new Suppliers to commit to compliance with this Supplier Code.
RMIT requires Suppliers to communicate the Supplier Code to their related entities, its own supply chain and sub-contractors who support them in supplying goods and services to RMIT, so that they are aware of, understand and comply with the Supplier Code.
RMIT seeks to work with Suppliers to meet and exceed minimum requirements as outlined in the Supplier Code and continuously strive to improve the standard of its business practices.
RMIT requires our Suppliers to meet the following standards within their own organisations, throughout their operations, supply chains and whilst undertaking work for RMIT. They must inform RMIT immediately if they become aware of any issues that are in breach of this Supplier Code:
RMIT believes that all workers in its operations and supply chain deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. Suppliers are required to provide a fair and ethical workplace which upholds human rights (including anti-modern slavery) and labour rights, integrating appropriate policies and practices into its business.
RMIT is committed to promoting environmental responsibility. Suppliers are expected to minimise the environmental impacts of their operations (including supply chains) and maintain environmentally responsible policies and practices, including:
Suppliers must self-assess their compliance with the Supplier Code and take timely action to correct any deficiencies or breaches reported or identified by an audit, assessment, inspection, investigation or review.
Suppliers must notify RMIT if at any time they believe they cannot adhere to the requirements outlined above.
Suppliers are required to provide information to RMIT in relation to the Supplier Code on request.
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An obligation to comply with this Supplier Code will be included in all contracts between RMIT and its business partners. Accordingly, non-compliance with the code will be a breach of the terms of your contract and may entitle RMIT to terminate that contract.
The Modern Slavery Act 2018 (the Act) requires large organisations to evaluate risks of modern slavery in their operations and supply chains, and account for processes and actions to address modern slavery risk.
Our reporting on this commitment is through the Modern Slavery Statement, an annual, publicly available report that will be submitted to the Commonwealth.
Modern slavery is characterised by the lack of freedom to leave, it can include forced labour, child exploitation and child labour, debt bondage, human trafficking, forced marriage and servitude, abuse and unsafe conditions.
Modern slavery is often obscured through third party arrangements, and practices of fear and intimidation. Forms of control are exercised through deceptive recruiting, coercion, debt bondage, withholding of passports or identity documents.
The scale of modern slavery is considerable, and its presence is local, with particular risk across global supply chains and service delivery.
Our Modern Slavery Statement reports to the Commonwealth on:
The RMIT Modern Slavery Statement provides an overview of the University’s commitments and actions to address the potential risk of modern slavery across the RMIT Group.
RMIT is a knowledge partner of the Supply Chain Sustainability School. The School is a not-for-profit initiative that aims to create more sustainable supply chains for the property, construction and infrastructure industries in Australia. They provide targeted learning and support to address all the main sustainability issues including materials, carbon, environmental management, waste, water, biodiversity, ethics, community, climate adaptation, procurement, as well as human rights and modern slavery. Their resources and modules are freely available to all RMIT students and staff and are used for training and capability development.
For more information on procurement and supply chain management at RMIT visit Supplier Connect.
Acknowledgement of Country
RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.
Acknowledgement of Country
RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.