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SanMar Corporation Becomes First Better BuyingTM Subscriber to Make its Scorecard Publicly Available

SanMar Corporation, a leading national supplier of wholesale apparel and accessories, has become the first Better Buying™ subscriber to embrace full transparency and accountability by making its Purchasing Practices Index scores publicly available. WATCH VIDEO The scores are based on anonymous feedback from its suppliers, which are aggregated via Better Buying’s proprietary algorithm, analyzed for […]

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The Five Principles of Responsible PurchasingTM: Better BuyingTM Launches High-Level Principles for Brands and Retailers

The Better Buying Institute is launching a set of five high-level principles for responsible purchasing for brands and retailers to adopt and follow. The Five Principles of Responsible PurchasingTM have been developed on the basis of  data provided by suppliers engaged with Better Buying’s ratings platform, surveys, and Supplier Roundtables over the last six years, and […]

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The Better Buying Partnership IndexTM launches today. Please invite your suppliers to rate your purchasing practices

The Partnership IndexTM is a versatile new tool designed to bridge the gap between Better Buying’s annual surveys in April, and to act as a quick status update, enabling year-round monitoring and analysis of emerging issues and trends, and potential problem areas. The Index will be open and collecting ratings throughout October. It is completely […]

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Sustainable Terms of Trade Initiative publishes White Paper on Commercial Compliance

First joint manufacturers’ position statement on improving purchasing practices The Sustainable Terms of Trade Initiative (STTI), which is led by the STAR Network, the International Apparel Federation and Better Buying Institute and supported by GIZ FABRIC, has today published a White Paper on the core principles manufacturers want the garment and apparel companies who buy […]

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Audit harmonization can reduce supplier costs by thousands, and drive investment in social and labor conditions

Initial analysis of Better Buying Purchasing Practice Index (BBPPI) 2021 data indicates that adoption by buyers of standardized CSR reporting can save suppliers thousands of dollars and drive key investments in working conditions, new technologies, and social and community programs. Suppliers whose customers accept standardized rather than buyer-specific factory audits are reporting significant savings, according […]

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Deep Dive: Monthly Order Variability

Better Buying Institute has published a Deep Dive, and a number of accompanying resources, on the issue of Monthly Order Variability. Monthly Order Variability (MOV) reflects the changes to the total number of items a supplier ships to its customers from month to month, including the peaks and valleys of high seasons, low seasons and […]

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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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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