The Good Neighbour Policy

The TenderHood Good Neighbour Policy

The TenderHood Good Neighbour Policy

Ah, rules! Some of us love them. Some of us hate them. But if we’re going to be members of a community, all of us need to abide by the same set of them, in order to make sure the Playing Field is level for everyone. 

Some rules–such as how procurement has traditionally been done–need to be broken. After all, that’s one of the reasons the TenderHood exists!

Other rules–such as how the tendering process can be made to work for your business–are subjective, and are different for everyone.

But rules governing how we treat each other need to be followed in the same way by all residents of the TenderHood. We want to make sure everyone feels safe, respected, and comfortable enough to be themselves. 

Therefore, please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our Good Neighbour Policy. It is part of your obligation as a resident of the TenderHood to understand the Policy, and to ask us questions if there is anything about it that is unclear. 

Non-negotiable Rules

Please remember this is not a baseball game–there is no Three Strikes rule. Depending on severity, any infraction of the below may result in immediate and permanent revocation of membership, for an individual or a company, with no warning and no refund. We are serious about these rules being followed and will not hesitate to enforce them.

1. Displays of racist, sexist, anti-trans, anti-LGBTQ, anti-BIPOC, or otherwise discriminatory behavior against any group will not be tolerated.

2. Bullying or harassment will not be tolerated. We will take all such reports seriously and will investigate immediately.

3. If you witness anything like the above taking place, you are required to report it immediately. This is one of your obligations as a Good Neighbour. Staying silent is not an option. As the administrators cannot be everywhere at once, we will need help from our residents to make sure everyone is playing fair.

4. We are here to discuss procurement, not politics or personal ideologies. We recognize that sometimes the line between the two may get blurry, since procurement may be directly affected by political conditions. However, as a general rule, do not post political content in forums, private messages, or on your wall. Political content means content that boosts or lowers one party, platform, or candidate in comparison to another, or which attempts to glorify or disparage a party, platform, or candidate. It is acceptable to post links or information to events that directly affect procurement, but only for the purposes of discussing or explaining said effects on procurement, not for attempting to promote or disparage them.

5. Do not post conspiracy theories, memes, links, or other content related to politics or current events.

Etiquette Rules

We have further suggestions that will help make everyone’s experience here more pleasant. These are not hard-and-fast rules, but nevertheless we will work to enforce them in community discussions.

1. In general, please try to strike a positive tone, rather than a negative or critical tone. (We do understand and appreciate the need to think and discuss critically, but please do so in a respectful manner, without disparaging the opinions of others.)

2. Please make publicly visible posts in forums or feeds only in the English language. While we have great respect for diversity of cultures, we need to make sure everyone understands what’s being said. Private chats may be conducted in your language of choice.

3. Do not add TenderHood contacts to email lists. You want to build trust with your neighbours, not market to them.

4. Please don’t post self-promotional content in forums or on your wall. We’re here to help each other with procurement, not turn each other into customers.

5. There is a special forum for off-topic (non-procurement-related) discussion. If you wish to engage in conversation with your neighbours about topics other than procurement, please use that forum to do so. Conversations that do not follow this rule may be moved to the appropriate forum or deleted by the site administrators without warning.

Let's all just be decent people, make good connections and win some business!