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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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The S Factor: Why investors should be using Better BuyingTM data to better understand human rights risks in supply chains

The S Factor: Why investors should be using Better BuyingTM data to better understand human rights risks in supply chains Investors as part of their active engagement on ESG should be asking non-participating companies to join Better BuyingTM and participating companies to share scorecards with them, says Dr Martin Buttle, Head of Good Work, ShareAction. […]

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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 […]

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Case Study: San Mar Corporation – A Canvas for Good

“Words are one thing, but concrete actions – like partnering with Better BuyingTM – really help demonstrate to our partners that we’re ‘walking the talk.’” We talk to Pat Noonan, Chief Product Officer of Better BuyingTM subscriber SanMar Corporation, on how working with Better BuyingTM is supporting the company to live up to its motto, […]

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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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Learning to Say No

Lever Style, a leading Hong Kong-based apparel manufacturer, expanded its business during the pandemic, when many other suppliers struggled, or went to the wall. The secret, according to the company’s Chairman, Stanley Szeto, is building resilience into your business by saying “no” to bad apples. You’re worth It If your boyfriend or girlfriend was being […]

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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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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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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.