CSL has prepared this Code with the intent of continuing a positive and transparent relationship with our employees, contractors and other third parties. However, we recognise that there may be times where employees, contractors and other third parties have a need to bring instances of inappropriate conduct to our attention. To enable this to happen, without reprisals, we will continue to maintain and promote the existence of procedures for our employees, contractors and other third parties to report situations where they have concerns, including the use of our "whistleblower" process and other management systems.
Q. I have been assisting my supervisor/ manager to conduct a tender for CSL for a large supply contract. I am concerned that the way the tender specifications are written and the process we are following favours one supplier, who is also an old friend of my supervisor/manager, over others. How do I seek advice on whether the tendering process we are undertaking is consistent with the Code and CSL's procurement policies, and what should I do in the case of suspect noncompliance?
A. CSL encourages employees to speak up about suspected breaches of the Code and ethical issues and provides mechanisms for doing this while having regard to the privacy and reputations of all involved. You should direct your questions about whether the tender process is consistent with the Code to a senior manager or to CSL Compliance or CSL Legal in the first instance. If you are not comfortable with speaking directly to a senior manager or CSL Compliance or CSL Legal, CSL has a "whistleblower" process to report concerns. Please refer to CSL's intranet for further details.