Guidance material

The red flags of corruption: procurement

Procurement is vulnerable to being corrupted because it can involve large sums of public money, and be impacted by highly devolved decision-making, limited oversight and inadequate staff training.

Employees and suppliers are all well placed to identify red flags during tendering, evaluation, invoicing and delivery.

Public sector agencies can put in place control strategies to mitigate risks: clear policies and procedures, staff training, regular and random audits, risk management processes, and avenues for staff to report suspicions.