Purchasing Practices

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Find out everything you need to know about Purchasing Practices. What does the term "Purchasing Practices" actually mean? When do brands pay suppliers for the goods they’ve produced? How are prices negotiated? Are technical specifications agreed before production is due to start? 

Let's start with the most pressing questions on the topic of Purchasing Practices and learn more about how the issue is affecting supply chains. What else is there to discover? A quick guide to the key actors and initiatives helping the industry to understand and take action on better Purchasing Practices. Learn more about the Common Framework for Responsible Purchasing Practices (CFRPP). Read our interview with Better Work about why now is the right time to talk about better Purchasing Practices.

Are you a manufacturer? We get it, engaging in conversations about purchasing practices can be risky for suppliers, leading to lost orders and retribution. Here are some low-risk ways for you to have your say. You can also find the latest news and resources on Purchasing Practices in this section.

Latest article on Purchasing Practices

The Better Buying Partnership Index (BBPI) Opens for Supplier Ratings Today!

The Better Buying Partnership Index (BBPI) Opens for Supplier Ratings Today!

Better Buying is offering every STTI participating supplier organization a free country-specific report based on the responses your members provide during this month's ratings cycle.

Putting the Brakes on Purchasing Practices Survey Fatigue

Putting the Brakes on Purchasing Practices Survey Fatigue

Buyer surveys on Purchasing practices do not produce credible data, and waste money and resources that brands and retailers could be spending elsewhere in the business. So let’s put the brakes on, before this train gets out of control. A comment from Better Buying Institute President, Dr. Marsha Dickson.

Manufacturers, get involved & have your say…

Manufacturers, get involved & have your say…

We get it, engaging in conversations about purchasing practices can be risky for suppliers, leading to lost orders and retribution. Here are some low-risk ways for you to have your say.

What is the Common Framework for Responsible Purchasing Practices?

What is the Common Framework for Responsible Purchasing Practices?

The Common Framework for Responsible Purchasing Practices (CFRPP) provides a common language and alignment on what constitutes responsible purchasing practices. 

Why is it the right time to talk about better Purchasing Practices?

Why is it the right time to talk about better Purchasing Practices?

As Better Work launches a new supply chain eLearning course aimed at helping industry stakeholders understand the impacts of supply chain decisions, we spoke to two leading voices in the programme about why action on purchasing practices is critical to the future of the garment industry.

Learnings & Tools

Learnings & Tools

“Purchasing Practices” is an umbrella term that refers to how buyers engage with their suppliers. For instance: when do brands pay suppliers for the goods they’ve produced? How are prices negotiated? Are technical specifications agreed before production is due to start? Find relevant learnings and tools around Purchasing Practices.

News on Purchasing Practices


BBPI 2024 – Overall partnership score for Softgoods up 8 Points

Buyer-supplier partnerships in the garment and footwear sector have improved significantly since last year, according to research published today by Better Buying Institute.

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Brands' partnerships with suppliers 'improving'

Buyer-supplier partnerships in the garment and footwear sector improved significantly last year, according to a new report from the Better Buying Institute (BBI). The BBI has published its annual Better Buying Partnership Index (BBPI) which enables suppliers in global supply chains to anonymously rate the quality of their commercial partnerships with brands and retailers.

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BBPPI Report 2023 – BBI repeat subscribers continue to improve, but progress remains slow and uneven

Suppliers in global supply chains are reporting improvements in the percent of orders priced to cover everything the buyer is asking for, coupled with better on time payment records, but uneven progress by brands and retailers means many suppliers still struggle, according to the Better Buying Institute, which today publishes its Better Buying Purchasing Practices IndexTM

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Events on Purchasing Practices

OECD Forum | Leveraging due diligence legislation to promote responsible purchasing practices

2024-02-23 15:00:00+07:00 to 2024-02-23 19:00:00+07:00  (3:00 PM — 7:00 PM)  UTC+07

Paris, France


Sourcing Journal Sustainability Summit: The Road to 2030: The Need for Radical Cooperation

2024-03-26 00:00:00+07:00 to 2024-03-26 23:59:59+07:00  UTC+07

New York, USA



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