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The Impact of Purchasing Practices on Workers’ Human Rights

As human rights due diligence becomes increasingly important for businesses, Oxfam’s Private Sector Human Rights Advisor, Monica Romis looks at how purchasing practices have direct implications on the human rights of workers, shares some of Oxfam’s research and highlights concrete steps business can take for a more equitable distribution of rights and responsibilities through the […]

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A goodbye message from Leonie Barrie-Abraham as she departs Just Style for Better Buying Institute

As Leonie Barrie-Abraham prepares to join us after 21 years at Just Style, read her farewell column and find out why she’s so eager to join us!

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Suppliers reveal simple, low-cost changes buyer companies can make to boost sustainability performance

Supplier insights from latest Better BuyingTM research reveal that some of the most impactful measures companies can take are low cost, and require minimal changes to a brand’s workflow Simple, low-cost adjustments to purchasing practices can make a big difference to brands’ and retailers’ sustainability performance, according to new research published today by Better BuyingTM. Investments […]

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CASE STUDY: Large retailer

“Brands and Retailers who source goods need to better understand the impacts their practices have on their suppliers and supply chains, both social and environmental. the spotlight on purchasing practices is only getting brighter with increased attention and awareness from consumers, investors, NGOs, and the media. The Better BuyingTM survey is a great tool for […]

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CASE STUDY: Global retailer

“We want our suppliers to know that we understand our responsibility to drive continuous improvements, and the Better Buying Institute collaborative approach was extremely useful to strengthen our supplier relationships.” READ MORE

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CASE STUDY: Global consumer goods company

“It will become increasingly important for businesses to have a more collaborative, partnership-orientated relationship with suppliers. It is crucial that procurement practices enable this and Better Buying provides a simple solution to identify and monitor areas of improvement.” READ MORE

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Dr Marsha Dickson guests on Manufactured Podcast series

Listen to Dr Marsha Dickson’s guest appearance in a series of episodes of the Manufactured Podcast. Episode 1 One “silver lining” to emerge from the Covid-19 Pandemic is that purchasing practices are “rightfully emerging as the protagonist of the sustainability fashion story.” How is Better Buying’s supplier data shifting the narratives around business and sustainability? […]

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Assessing Purchasing Practices Impacts on Suppliers and Workers

Better BuyingTM and mental wellbeing by surveying 1360 workers from 13 factories. More than ever, buyers must work closely with suppliers to improve purchasing practices to mitigate negative impacts on workers. Read the full report here.

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Deep Dive Report on “Better” Design, Development

A deep dive into the critically important purchasing practices related to design, development, and calendar management. READ THE FULL REPORT READ THE EXECUTIVE SUMMARY  

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Better Buying Releases New Report Calling for Minimally Acceptable Payment Standards

Suppliers from 30 countries have responded to Better Buying’s survey about the detrimental COVID-19 payment and business continuity. Workers in their factories, many of whom are women, have been negatively impacted with over half of suppliers reporting they have laid off up to 50% of their workforce. Suppliers also expressed interest in setting minimally acceptable […]