Explains how agencies must safeguard the integrity of their procurement procedures.
- Each agency must have in place policies that safeguard the integrity of its procurement activities and processes. The policies must require that:
- the agency and all staff involved in procurement can justify their procurement decisions
- those involved in procurement decisions stay impartial
- procurement processes are fair, transparent and reasonable
- all staff involved in procurement act responsibly, lawfully and with integrity.
- Each agency must have policies in place that help all staff involved in procurement to identify, notify and manage conflicts of interest. Each agency must be able to show how it uses sound judgement to manage conflicts of interest.
Integrity in Government Procurement
Government procurement is an area where integrity is of the utmost importance. The standards of integrity and conduct set by the State Services Commissioner must be applied by individuals working in the public state sector.
The State Services code of conduct and supporting information can be found on the State Services Commission’s website(external link). Managing conflicts of interest: Guidance for public entities is available on the Office of the Auditor-General New Zealand website(external link).
Suppliers to government are expected to act with integrity and comply with the Supplier Code of Conduct. Consider incorporating a commitment for suppliers to adhere to the Supplier Code of Conduct in your contracts.