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NEWS RELEASE: BBPI 2024 – Overall partnership score for Softgoods up 8 Points

3 out of 4 BBI repeat subscribers improved their partnership scores over 3 consecutive cycles DOWNLOAD FULL REPORT DOWNLOAD EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Buyer-supplier partnerships in the garment and footwear sector have improved significantly since last year, according to research published today by Better Buying Institute. The 2024 Better Buying Partnership IndexTM Report enables suppliers in global […]

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NEWS RELEASE: Harmonized social assessments from SLCP continue to be “win-win” for workers and sustainable partnerships

Latest research from the Better Buying Institute (BBI) shows the impact of SLCP’s converged assessments – with 74% of savings from reduced audits reinvested into the workplace and 24% on higher wages. Suppliers taking part in the Better Buying Purchasing Practices Index 2023TM  released last week (1 February) answered questions in the Win-Win Sustainable Partnership […]

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NEWS STORY: BBPPI Report 2023 – BBI repeat subscribers continue to improve, but progress remains slow and uneven

DOWNLOAD THE FULL REPORT DOWNLOAD THE EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Improvements seen in Cost and Cost Negotiation and Payment and Terms, but overall industry score has remained static through three consecutive ratings cycles Suppliers in global supply chains are reporting improvements in the percent of orders priced to cover everything the buyer is asking for, coupled with […]

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ARTICLE in Vogue Business: Are fashion’s buying practices really improving?

During and in the years following Covid-19, order cancellations had devastating consequences for suppliers as they were left to foot the bill for unsold products. It shone a light on the transactional nature of buyer-supplier relationships in fashion, which has been identified as one of the barriers to achieving the industry’s sustainability goals. New research shows […]

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NEWS RELEASE: Better Buying Institute Publishes 2023 BBPPI Garment Scorecard

DOWNLOAD SCORECARD Twenty six buyer companies engaged in seventh annual ratings cycle during Q2 2023, twenty four of which were repeat subscribers, able to track their progress over time.  Repeat BBI subscribers continue to improve in some of the 7 categories of purchasing practices – despite ongoing impact of COVID-19, uncertain geopolitical climate, high rates […]

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ARTICLE: The Apparel Industry is a Real Mess, writes Dr. Marsha Dickson

I’m just back from a whirlwind trip to visit suppliers and subscribers in Vietnam and Hong Kong. It was fantastic to be back in face-to-face contact with those doing the hard work of managing supply chains and manufacturing our clothes. But what I heard resulted in a harsh reminder that the apparel industry and how […]

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GUEST BLOG: Improving Purchasing Practices in the Global Seafood Industry: It’s Time, Garrett Okrasinski

The time has come for the seafood industry to commit to examining and improving purchasing practices, and to better understand the impacts of purchasing on workers and suppliers, writes Garrett Okrasinski.  Negative environmental impacts and human rights abuses in the seafood industry have occurred in part due to high demand for seafood, price pressure, and […]

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ARTICLE: Getting Started on the Path to Responsible Purchasing Practices: Time to ditch the buzzwords for clear and measurable action, Dr. Marsha Dickson

I noticed the word “partnership” being used recently in the context of responsible purchasing practices.  This time it was paired with the idea of “equitable relationships” between buyers and suppliers. But neither term was well-defined, so a substantive opportunity to guide better buying behavior on the part of brands and retailers was lost.  Will “equitable […]

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EVENT: Dr. Marsha Dickson to Speak at Innovation Forum’s Sustainable Apparel and Textiles Conference 2024

Better Buying’s President and Co-Founder Dr. Marsha Dickson has been announced as a key speaker at the Innovation Forum’s Sustainable Apparel and Textiles Conference on April 23-24, 2024. Dr. Dickson will be addressing how purchasing practices must evolve to to improve social standards, and deliver resilient apparel supply chains. The two-day business conference is returning […]

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