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ARTICLE: Has the concept of “leverage” had its day? Dr. Marsha Dickson

Better Buying’s President and Co-Founder, Dr. Marsha Dickson, argues for a new language, and a new concept, to secure human rights for workers Recently I was reminded of the concept of leverage, promoted in the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights and adopted into the OECD’s Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Business. The […]

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GUEST BLOG: Wage negotiations in Bangladesh – lessons for the global apparel industry, from Steve Lamar, AAFA President and CEO

Recent negotiations in Bangladesh to update the wage structure generated protests, violence, widespread arrests, and intense emotions that continue to reverberate both in Bangladesh and around the world.  The legacy of that period, which is still being written, will remain deeply tarnished until the government releases all those unlawfully detained and fully investigates and holds […]

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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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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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Putting the Brakes on Purchasing Practices Survey Fatigue: An article from Dr. Marsha Dickson

Buyer surveys on purchasing practices do not produce credible data, and waste money and resources that brands and retailers could be spending elsewhere in the business. So let’s put the brakes on, before this train gets out of control. Read the latest article from our President and Co-Founder, Dr. Marsha Dickson. Steve Lamar’s blog on […]

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Putting Audit Fatigue in the Past. A guest blog from Stephen E Lamar, AAFA President and CEO

Let’s tackle audit fatigue.  You are probably tired of hearing about this ever-present topic. But imagine how tired your partners are when they experience it. Audit fatigue is the term that’s been widely used for decades to describe the burden that supply chain partners feel when their operations undergo multiple social responsibility audits. To be fair, repeated audits […]

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Copenhagen 2023: A Roadmap for Ambition to Action on purchasing practices – an article from Dr. Marsha Dickson

Dr. Marsha Dickson, President and Co-Founder, Better Buying Institute Another Global Fashion Summit will soon be held in Copenhagen, with fashion brands and retailers from all over the globe pledging their allegiance to sustainability.  This year’s theme is Ambition to Action, an important topic if the industry is to recover from a year where many […]

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Michael Cai, Décor Global’s Director of Operations and Supply Chain: Better BuyingTM as a Catalyst for Change

Michael Cai, Décor Global’s Director of Operations and Supply Chain, calls on all suppliers to rate their customers on the Better BuyingTM platform, and help build a better industry for everyone  It goes without saying that sustainability is a long journey without a finish line, and that all stakeholders must join hands in order to […]

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The 2023 Ratings Cycle is Open for Supplier Ratings!

REGISTER TO RATE HERE The 2023 Better Buying Purchasing Practices Index TM (BBPPI) ratings cycle is open for supplier ratings until May 31st. You can submit your rating via the registration link above. It’s quick, easy, and 100% anonymous. WHY SHOULD YOU RATE YOUR BRAND AND RETAILER CUSTOMERS’ PURCHASING PRACTICES? Our subscriber brands and retailers […]

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Article: Action Speaks Louder Than Words on Purchasing Practices

An article from Dr. Marsha Dickson, our President and Co-Founder If we really are serious about driving change in purchasing practices, then stakeholders should be demanding action and evidence, not just talking about it Another annual installment of the OECD Forum on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear Sector has passed, and the croissants […]