What Is Probity?
Probity is defined as evidence of ethical behaviour in organisational processes adhering to standards of integrity, transparency and honesty. Probity aims to maintain the integrity of organisations by avoiding improper practises and minimising conflict.
What Is Probity in Procurement?
Probity in Procurement is the consideration of ethical probity needs and issues in every stage of the procurement lifecycle from supplier sourcing through to contract management. It is a fundamental part of every procurement project and activity. It ensures if any probity concerns are raised, the proper ethical processes were followed and can appropriately address the issues raised.
What Are the Principles of Probity?
The principles of probity is the practice acting ethically and fairly to all suppliers and partners through the following key areas
- Fairness, impartiality and integrity.
- Accountable and transparent.
- Trustworthy and lawfulness.
- Managing conflicts of interest.
- Managing sensitive and confidential information.
These are demonstrated within transparent processes, auditable records and independent checks.
How to Apply Probity?
It is best to apply probity with simple, ethical, and transparent procurement processes that are understood by the procurement function and suppliers who are participating in the process. As different procurement projects have different needs, complexity, value and risk, it may be necessary to add more independent oversight to cater to the process management of each.
For further information on Probity and how your procurement activities can encompass this requirement, further resources are available on the Knowledge area of the CIPS site: