Rio Tinto Iron Ore has announced a local procurement program, which it says will make it easier for WA businesses to compete for contracts.
Rio Tinto will use a dedicated team to better link the company’s procurement opportunities and spending with WA suppliers. This will include a series of local procurement workshops in the Pilbara and Perth, where information on the company’s forward procurement plans will be shared.
The new procurement team will also establish a web portal to provide improved visibility of upcoming contracts.
Rio Tinto Iron Ore chief executive Chris Salisbury said: “What we’re announcing today will grow over time, but I have a firm expectation that we will be able to assist more WA and Pilbara Aboriginal businesses obtain work with Rio Tinto straight away.
“Rio Tinto Iron Ore is one of the biggest businesses in WA and we value our place in the community. While we are proud that 77 per cent of our procurement is already with WA local suppliers, it’s time to see what else we can do.”
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