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The STTI Survey of Commercial Compliance is Open for Ratings

COMPLETE THE SURVEY Suppliers are invited to participate in the Sustainable Terms of Trade Initiative (STTI) survey of commercial compliance. The survey is open now, and runs until mid-January 2023. You can complete the survey by clicking on the link at the top of the page, or via this QR code: STTI is led by Better Buying Institute along with STAR Network and the International Apparel Federation. Driven by…

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We’re Hiring! Could you be our new Research Analyst?

Better Buying Institute is seeking a Research Analyst who will use their analytical skills and their interest in supply chain sustainability to carry out our research initiatives. The Research Analyst will work under the direction of the Senior Manager of Research in communicating with suppliers located around the world to manage data collection, analyzing and interpreting quantitative and qualitative data, using statistical testing techniques, and contributing to reports for…

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Shahi Exports’ Anant Ahuja joins Better Buying Institute Board

Better Buying Institute is delighted to announce the appointment of Anant Ahuja to its Board of Directors. Ahuja is Head of Organizational Development at Shahi Exports, the largest apparel manufacturing company in India, operating over 50 factories and three processing mills across nine states. He is also the CEO and Co-Founder of the Good Business Lab, a not-for-profit labor innovation organization established to encourage businesses to improve workers’ lives….

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Join Better Buying’s Talent Pool

Better Buying Institute (BBI) reimagines supply chain sustainability, leveraging data to strengthen supplier-buyer relationships and improve purchasing practices that drive profitability while protecting workers and the environment. Better BuyingTM is seeking individuals who share this passion to join us on our mission. What is Better BuyingTM? Better Buying Institute is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization incorporated in Delaware in the United States and is the outgrowth of a research project…

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The BBPPI 2022 Garment Scorecard is Out Today!

Record number of Garment ratings submitted – up 37% on 2021 Ratings from 54 different countries Overall Garment score static since 2021 Lower scores for Cost and Cost Negotiation and Win-Win Sustainable Partnership The Better Buying Purchasing Practices IndexTM Garment Industry Scorecard is released today, ahead of the full findings and scores from the Better Buying Purchasing Practices IndexTM, which will be published later in the year. A record…

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We are Hiring! Could you be our next Senior Manager of Research?

  Better Buying Institute is seeking a Senior Manager of Research who will use their analytical skills and their passion for supply chain sustainability to carry out Better Buying’s research. The Senior Manager will work under the direction of the President in creating and refining data collection instruments, communicating with suppliers located around the world to manage data collection, analyzing and interpreting complex quantitative and qualitative data using SPSS…

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Beyond Tier-1 – New Opportunities for Better BuyingTM Surveys

Gain a high-level view into tier-1 and beyond – including raw materials Cascade work on purchasing practices throughout your supply chain Global supply chains are coming under more scrutiny than ever before, but did you know that Better BuyingTM has a range of options to help you get a deeper understanding of supplier relationships at multiple tiers of your business? Evaluating supplier relationships at all levels of the supply…

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Copenhagen Fashion Summit: STTI calls for responsible purchasing practices and global standardization on due diligence

  STTI spokesperson and Vice President BGMEA Miran Ali called for a globally standardized approach to due diligence at the prestigious Global Fashion Summit last week. Mr Ali was speaking at a panel focusing on the upcoming due diligence legislation, led by OECD due diligence head Tyler Gillard, alongside Maxine Bedat, founder and director of New Standard Institute and author of the book “Unraveled: The Life and Death of…

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BBPPI 2022 Ratings Cycle Open for Ratings April 1st-May 31st

“Responsible purchasing practices are becoming a top priority for Better Buying’s subscribers, rather than a ‘nice to have’ when times are good.” BBPPI 2021

2022 BBPPI Ratings Cycle Open April 1st-May 31st Brands and Retailers: Invite Suppliers to Rate their Purchasing Practices Suppliers: Register to Rate SUPPLIER REGISTRATION LINK We are pleased to announce that April 1st marks the start of this year’s Better Buying…
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STTI’s First In-Person Meeting Brings Commercial Compliance One Step Closer

The Sustainable Terms of Trade Initiative (STTI) holds its first bi-annual in-person meeting on Monday March 14th in Istanbul, Turkey and announces new spokespersons The event was hosted by IHKIB, one of the now 15 associations participating in STTI, and planned to coincide with the IAF-IHKIB seminar “Greening the Apparel Industry”, as well as the vibrant Istanbul Fashion Week, which STTI associations attending the event were also able to…

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Brands and Retailers Urged to Halt Buyer-Specific Audits after Research Finds Audit Harmonization Saving Suppliers Thousands of Dollars a Year

Brands and retailers should discontinue the use of proprietary company audits and assessments and start talking to their suppliers about alternatives, such as the SLCP Converged Assessment. This suggestion tops a checklist for brands and retailers looking to improve their partnerships with suppliers, which features in a Deep Dive on Win-Win Sustainable Partnership published today by the Better Buying Institute (BBI). It comes after research by BBI as part…

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Brands and Retailers Must Partner with Suppliers on Innovation to Drive Business Efficiency 

Launch of the Better Buying Partnership IndexTM DOWNLOAD FULL REPORT AND SUMMARY What really makes a “True Partner?” Article by Dr. Marsha Dickson Brands and retailers are missing opportunities to improve their businesses, and are incurring unnecessary costs, by not seeking out their suppliers’ ideas and insights on product and process innovation. They also risk missing important sustainability and carbon reduction goals by failing to  prioritize efficient, fair, and…

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We’re Hiring! We’re Looking for Local Ambassadors, and a Research Intern, to Support with the 2022 Ratings Cycle.

Better Buying Institute is seeking a number of Local Ambassadors to engage suppliers during the 2022 ratings cycle. The Local Ambassadors will be responsible for increasing supplier participation and achieving target response rates. The Local Ambassador will use one-to-one communication methods (including direct phone calls and in-person visits where COVID-19 guidelines allow) to let suppliers know about the opportunity to submit ratings, answer any questions related to Better Buying’s…

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Better Buying Institute Continues Expansion into Consumer Goods Sector with Focus on Homegoods

Homegoods retailers and brands are now invited to subscribe for the 2022 Better BuyingTM ratings cycle The Better Buying Institute continues its expansion into the wider consumer goods sector with the publication today of its first Spotlight Report and Scorecard for Homegoods. The Better Buying Purchasing Practices IndexTM  (BBPPI) originally focused on  the apparel and footwear sector, but after six ratings cycles, the number of product categories rated by…

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Better BuyingTM Repeat Subscribers Continue to Improve Purchasing Practices Despite Unprecedented Challenge of COVID-19

2021 Purchasing Practices Index: further evidence that responsible purchasing lies at the heart of supply chain resilience READ THE FULL REPORT READ THE SUMMARY REPORT  Brands and retailers who have subscribed with Better BuyingTM over two or more supplier ratings cycles have continued to improve their purchasing practices, and are making progress towards building  more resilient supply chains, despite the unprecedented global challenge of COVID-19. The findings, published today in…

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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 trends, and turned into actionable data-driven insights. This 360° feedback nurtures a culture of…

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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 are rooted in resolving the day-to-day challenges they face dealing with poor buyer practices….

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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 from them to comply with. The White Paper also suggests how manufacturers will collaborate…

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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 to early analysis of findings from the Better BuyingTM Purchasing Practices Index 2021. 85.4% of…

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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 everything in between. It is one of the practices suppliers participating in Better Buying TM’s…

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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 in alternative technologies reflect a win-win approach to buyer-supplier business partnerships, but are not…

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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? What are the benefits to suppliers of registering to rate their customers on the…

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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 payment and will work to secure robust supplier input into the resulting discussions. READ…

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2020 Better Buying Index ReportTM Released

The Better Buying Institute today released the 2020 Better Buying Index ReportTM, underscoring the importance of better purchasing practices by brand retailers in meeting post-COVID pandemic recovery. Twenty- two brand retailers invited more than 2,000 global suppliers to participate in the annual survey, which examines the impact of company purchasing practices – such as planning and forecasting, cost and working conditions. READ THE REPORT READ THE SUMMARY READ THE…

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Better Buying Releases New Report: Cost and Cost Negotiation and the Need for New Practices

Better Buying Releases New Report Linking High-Pressure Costing Practices to Suppliers’ Sustainability Better BuyingTM has released its third in a series of Special Reports focused on how suppliers and what changes suppliers want to see as the industry recovers from COVID-19. These latest findings reveal that the high-pressure cost negotiation strategies most frequently used by buyers also have the greatest impact on suppliers’ business profitability. New pricing and ordering strategies…

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Webinar: Creating an equitable fashion industry

Our President, Dr. Marsha Dickson, highlighted the magnitude of financial vulnerability that suppliers are facing in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis as a result of their brands’ and retailers’ payment and terms practices, and the need to prioritize best practices as industry standards going forward. Click here to watch the webinar.

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Joint Call to Action: Responding Responsibly to the COVID-19 Crisis

Better BuyingTM recently engaged with a group of multi-stakeholder initiatives to release a joint statement directed toward a) the governments of garment-producing countries to provide relief for international supply chains, and safeguard factory working conditions. Click here to view the joint call to action that includes input derived from Better Buying’s recent global supplier survey and retailers.

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Webinar: Keeping Workers Centerstage

Our President, Dr. Marsha Dickson, spoke on a panel talk organized by the Association of National Institute of Fashion Technology Alumni (NIFTA) in India, to discuss joint efforts that are needed to support apparel and textile workers in India in the wake of the global Coronavirus pandemic. Click here to watch the webinar.

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Guidelines for “Better” Purchasing Practices Amidst the Coronavirus Crisis and Recovery

Suppliers from 39 countries, have responded to Better Buying’s survey about the supply and challenges they are experiencing due to the coronavirus crisis, and how their buyers’ purchasing practices are further impacting business and workers. While best practices can be difficult to discern, some suppliers reported ways their buyers are helping them wade through this difficult time. The guidelines provide a roadmap for brand retailers to follow for short-term…

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Second-Ever Better BuyingTM Index Report Released

Following the spring launch of the Better BuyingTM Purchasing Practices Index (BBPPI), Better BuyingTM now released its second report designed to support industry efforts to improve purchasing practices in supply chains globally. The report reveals that suppliers experience increasingly more financial pressure from their customers, and shows significant regional differences in purchasing practices. READ THE PRESS ANNOUNCEMENT READ THE FULL REPORT

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New Platform Seeks To Improve the Relationship Between Buyers and Suppliers

We aren’t the first ones to purchase the clothes we wear. Before they reach store shelves, these items are bought by brand most of those suppliers are located in developing countries. Millions of people in developing nations are dependent on international buyers to make a living, as a 2006 report on purchasing practices points out. Many companies have codes of conduct in place for their suppliers. However, all too often the purchasing…

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Just Style Interview with Dr. Marsha Dickson: Can Supplier Ratings Reform Apparel Purchasing Practices?

Just-Style Can supplier ratings reform apparel purchasing practices? A new initiative has been launched to try to improve the purchasing practices of apparel retailers and shared publicly. The idea is that sharing this information and increased use of temporary labour. While Better Buying<sup><span style=”font-size:10px;”>TM</sup> is still in its feasibility stage, testing of the data input and the initiative is expected to become fully operational next year. “The purchasing practices…

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White Paper Prepared for Better Buying’s Geneva Workshop

A White Paper was prepared for Better Buying’s Geneva Workshop as part of the feasibility study leading up to the roll out of the initiative. The workshop was attended by representatives of buyers, suppliers, multi-stakeholder initiatives, trade unions, international agencies and other civil society representatives. READ THE WHITE PAPER

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New Better BuyingTM Initiative Aims to Eliminate the Barriers to Code of Conduct Compliance Caused by Purchasing Practices

New Better Buying<sup><span style=”font-size:10px;”>TM</sup> Initiative Aims to Eliminate the Barriers to Code of Conduct Compliance Caused by Purchasing Practices Geneva, Switzerland scored to identify publicly those buying companies with the best purchasing practices. Still in its feasibility stage, Better Buying<sup><span style=”font-size:10px;”>TM</sup> is expected to become fully operational in 2017. “The purchasing practices of brand retailers as they consider ways to transform their business practices in support of human rights…

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