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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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NEWS RELEASE: BBPPI 2024 – now open for supplier ratings until May 31st

The Better Buying Purchasing Practices IndexTM 2024 is now open for supplier ratings. Please submit your ratings via THIS LINK. You can rate any brand or retailer customer with whom you have had a direct business relationship in the past 12 months. Why Rate? Because improved buyer purchasing practices benefit you by: Helping you to meet […]

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SUPPLIER VIDEO: How to submit a rating – get ready for the 2024 BBPPI ratings cycle on April 1st

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CASE STUDY: Birger Christensen Collective

Birger Christensen collective is committed to empowering women to change fashion for good. Understanding our suppliers’ needs and how to be better partner to them is essential to make sure we offer better work and living conditions to the many women in our supply chain. Our Sourcing & Production Team has been central to working […]

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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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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 […]