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.

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.

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.

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

 

 About Us

The project is led by Marsha Dickson, Ph.D. and Doug Cahn with technical support from the Fair Factories Clearinghouse.

Marsha Dickson, Director, is Irma Ayers Professor of Human Services in the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware. She is widely recognized as a global academic leader for her research, teaching, and practical engagement in social responsibility and global supply chains in the apparel industry. For more information about Marsha’s background, see: www.fashion.udel.edu/people/faculty/mdickson

Doug Cahn, Co-Director, is a seasoned professional in the field of labor and compliance in global supply chains. He is a pioneer in implementing codes of conduct in supply chains for global companies, beginning with his 15-year tenure at Reebok International. For more information about Doug’s background, see:  www.thecahngroup.com/about.html

Roger Frank, Senior Advisor, is responsible for fundraising and exploring market opportunities that will enable Better Buying to become a social enterprise. As an entrepreneur, banker, investor, strategist, and consultant, he has worked with companies through the entire capital cycle from ideas and angel funding through IPOs, raising over $2 billion in primary and secondary transactions.

Dipti Bhatt, Research Associate, supports data collection, monitoring, verification, analysis, and supplier engagement through the rating system database. She has worked as a senior merchandiser at a textile buying house in India where she was responsible for monitoring the entire supply chain including business development, sourcing, and logistics.

The Fair Factories Clearinghouse (FFC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to facilitate informed ethical business decisions for a better and more livable world. FFC is a compliance industry software innovator, developing and operating compliance tools for many leaders in the footwear, apparel and outdoor industries. For more information about the FFC, see: http://www.fairfactories.org

Better Buying is currently funded by the C & A Foundation and Humanity United. For more information about Better Buying’s funders, see: http://candafoundation.org and https://humanityunited.org. The opinions expressed are those of Better Buying and do not necessarily reflect the views of funders.


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