What We Do

– Better Buying’s ratings platform encourages buyers to adhere to their contractual agreements and prevent risk suppliers face, thus, increasing the likelihood products will be produced in factories that honor safe working conditions

Buyers and their suppliers are increasingly concerned about the impact buyer purchasing practices have on suppliers’ abilities to provide decent working conditions.  Requiring large and unpredictable orders with tight timelines at the lowest possible cost are known to place significant hardships on suppliers, often resulting in substandard factory environmental and workplace performance. But beyond the important workplace impacts, improved purchasing practices support buyers’ and suppliers’ financial performance, as well as help maintain stable and responsive supply chains.

Better Buying allows suppliers to anonymously rate the purchasing practices of the companies that buy their products and tells brands and retailers which practices can be improved.

Intent on sparking a ‘race to the top’ among buyers to improve the way they negotiate and honor contracts with suppliers, Better Buying’s rating site is open and collecting data from suppliers.

Consumers, investors, civil society organizations and others can use posted ratings to research brands and retailers to ensure they are supporting companies who support fair working conditions and fair business relationships.


Our Goals

Improve working conditions

Research has shown that poor buyer purchasing practices can prevent supplier compliance with company codes of conduct and put at risk the lives and dignity of workers making apparel products.

Improve how buying companies negotiate and honor contracts

Better Buying's rating platform encourages buyers to adhere to their contractual agreements and prevent risk suppliers face, thus increasing the likelihood products will be produced in factories that honor safe working conditions.

Maximize profitability for suppliers and buyers

The Better Buying rating platform is a unique system for buyers and suppliers who are eager to increase operational efficiency, protect their profits, avoid lost sales, and maintain stable supply chains with the capacity to meet all agreed requirements.

Our overarching goal is to support the industry-wide transformation of buyer purchasing practices so that business relationships support buyers and suppliers in achieving their financial, environmental, and social sustainability goals.

The Better Buying rating and evaluation system supports:

1) Improving working conditions  

– Research has shown that poor buyer purchasing practices can prevent supplier compliance with company codes of conduct and put at risk the lives and dignity of workers making apparel products

2) Improving how buying companies negotiate and honor contracts

– Better Buying’s rating platform encourages buyers to adhere to their contractual agreements and prevent risk suppliers face, thus, increasing the likelihood products will be produced in factories that honor safe working conditions

3) Maximizing profitability for suppliers and buyers

– The Better Buying rating platform is a unique system for buyers and suppliers who are eager to increase operational efficiency, protect their profits, avoid lost sales, and maintain stable supply chains with the capacity to meet all agreed requirements

 


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