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Guest Blog: An Era of Smart Accountability, by Stephen E Lamar, AAFA President and CEO

“The industry must be held accountable!” This type of declaration is often heard as a justification for why new and additional regulations are so desperately needed for the fashion industry, for example to help with traceability and transparency efforts. Advocates and policymakers alike bemoan what they see as a lack of progress in achieving a […]

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Are you ready to comply with Germany’s new Act on Corporate Due Diligence in Supply  Chains?

An article from Dr. Marsha Dickson, Better Buying Institute’s President and Co-Founder “If history is an example, there will be a tendency for brands and retailers to push the requirements of supply chain due diligence onto their suppliers. But they need to take responsibility too. And they must own the responsibility for the impacts of […]

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SUPPLIERS: three reasons to complete the Better Buying Partnership IndexTM

  COMPLETE THE SURVEY BY NOVEMBER 4TH Last week I was at the Istanbul Apparel Conference hosted by the Turkish Clothing Manufacturers’ Association. There I had a chance to talk to a large group of Turkish suppliers about the value of suppliers submitting data to Better BuyingTM about their customers’ purchasing practices. I think this […]

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Guest Blog: Better Buying’s newest Board Member, Shahi Exports’ Anaht Ahuja, on why sustainability is inextricably linked to purchasing practices

“Growing awareness of the potential for purchasing practices to transform worker wellbeing, achieve living wages, drive environmental sustainability, and unlock innovation makes this an exciting time to be joining the Better Buying Institute’s Board of Directors”, Anant Ahuja In the journey to build out Shahi’s sustainability agenda and to scale impactful worker wellbeing initiatives through […]

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The Path to Responsible Purchasing: brands and retailers are too different for a ‘one size fits all’ approach to developing standards

Dr. Marsha Dickson, President and Co-Founder of Better Buying Institute on how, when it comes to defining standards for purchasing practices,  ‘responsible’ will look different for different companies  Purchasing practices have become a top priority for the fashion industry, as understanding grows among brands and retailers of the myriad of practices that negatively impact suppliers, […]

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Guest Blog: Michael Levine, Chief Sustainability Officer for Under Armour, Inc., on why building strong supplier relationships is mission critical

Better Buying’s vision statement calls for brands and retailers to work together with responsible purchasing practices to achieve shared goals including profitability. Michael Levine, Chief Sustainability Officer for Under Armour, Inc., explains how purchasing practices and working closely with suppliers are key to delivering profitable growth and building resilient supply chains. As one of Better […]

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Copenhagen: shaping fashion’s “new era”

Post-Covid survival and climate change for the global fashion industry hang on its willingness to abandon the colonial mindset and welcome suppliers to the decision table as equals  For the first time since the Covid-19 Pandemic, global fashion brands will gather this week in Copenhagen’s Royal Opera House, in the city’s exclusive harbor district, for […]

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Guest Blog: The need for robust FIRST MILE thinking

A guest blog from Stephen E. Lamar, AAFA President and CEO We’ve long been discussing the pivot of our industry from a last mile focus to FIRST MILE thinking. With the last mile, we had been concentrating on how to get goods to the customer – to cover that last mile to service folks who […]

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Living Wages: Time for an Annual Health Check? 

We’ve been talking about living wages for workers in the apparel industry for many years– what needs to be done to make progress on paying them?  I went to the doctor last week for my annual checkup. He took my blood pressure, listened to my heart and lungs, and asked about my diet, exercise habits […]

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Guest Blog: The Better Buying Partnership IndexTM shows that too often, communication between brands is more about dictation than a conversation, says Bulent Alkanli

In today’s competitive environment with so many uncertainties, whatever information available within a supply chain, if shared, will lead to efficiencies and enable all parties within the chain to gain margins. The whole value chain should work together and the starting point of that collaboration is communication. The latest Better Buying Partnership IndexTM,which is being […]