I have a case, backed up with e-mails which points out that our big, international corporation, for one of it's projects which would cost up to 10mil $ in a long run, gives a preference to the supplier which comes recommended by our CEO. The supplier brings no expertise, no value, nothing to the table and every person from the "floor" who would have to work on the project agrees with this and sees no benefit working with this supplier.
Couple of people in high management, stated in the e-mails to a small group (me included) that they want to still chose that supplier due to the CEO recommendation to win his approvals.
Yearly we go through the re-signing (signing the updated version) of the business policies internally where it stated to always have a fair selection, never do preferences based on "friendships" and so on.
We also have a system in place to report such actions - it's a quite detailed form where everything has to be stated with names, dates, details.
My concern here is that this supplier involvement is taking the work from the hands of the employees who want and can do it and everyone from the management agrees with that, but still only for the "comes recommended" part want to contract the supplier for almost years ahead which would eventually result in a lot of money paid for people just "walking around" and just to "please the ceo" that his friends are sorted out now.
I want to report that! I even have secretly reported a meeting where this was voiced once. So i have the facts, but I am seriously afraid for my job and any other forms of further harassment. I was openly objecting this motion, but couldn't overrule it so if anything comes now from the legal angle - even my anonymous report would point to me eventually.
I can of course let it go, but it just professionally painful to observe and extremely de-motivational for other employees.
Anyone had experience with such cases? How does this go? Is the fight of a small man vs. big corp - worth it?