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  • How to become a National Grid Supplier

  • It is National Grid’s policy to procure goods and services competitively, economically, ethically and efficiently in accordance with all applicable legislative requirements. In particular, sourcing activities comply with the requirements of the Utilities Contracts Regulations.

    National Grid utilises the Achilles Utilities Vendor Database (UVDB) of suppliers when compiling lists of potential vendors for its goods and services requirements. For the majority of our purchases, it is a condition of supplying to National Grid that vendors are registered on the UVDB.

    For certain high risk categories, vendors are further required to submit to the Achilles Verify process, whereby a thorough assessment of Health and Safety, Quality and Environmental capabilities is undertaken and an evaluation rating produced.

    In addition, for categories with a high risk in terms of Human Rights or Climate Change, vendors will be required to complete a National Grid questionnaire which may subsequently be followed up by a site audit.

    The UVDB/Verify system is a key part of our risk management strategy, ensuring that all suppliers demonstrate the expected capabilities. 


     Supplier Process

  • Acting Responsibly

    It is National Grid’s policy to source goods and services competitively, economically, ethically and efficiently in accordance with all applicable legislative requirements. In particular, sourcing activities comply with the requirements of the Utilities Contracts Regulations.

    • We will deal fairly with our suppliers and contractors, and will work to develop relationships with them based on honesty, fairness and mutual trust.
    • We will settle bills on time and will work with suppliers and contractors to ensure that no bribery or excess gifts/hospitality are solicited, accepted or given.
    • We seek to do business with suppliers and contractors who share the business values set out in our Supplier Code of Conduct.
    • We will not work with suppliers and contractors who do not respect the law or whose reputation will endanger our own.

  • Standard Conditions of Purchase

    It is National Grid policy to procure goods and services competitively, economically, ethically and efficiently in accordance with all applicable legislative requirements. A strategic sourcing methodology is followed, utilising a competitive tendering process.
    Underpinning this approach are our standard conditions of contract as follows:

    If you would like a copy of any of these, please contact one of the Procurement Managers on the Contact Us list.