Emergency buying 3. How to maintain standards

Ensure the integrity of contracts awarded during a crisis through effective monitoring and transparent processes


Crisis situations can provide the conditions for fraud or corruption to take place in public-sector buying. Financial controls are often reduced, funding levels can soar and there is immense pressure on buyers to act and be seen to act by the public and media.

To help maintain ethical and financial standards during an emergency buyers need to ensure:

  • fair and reasonable pricing
  • transparency and accountability
  • a clear roadmap or plan to return to ‘normal’ or sustainable buying