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Best current practices in purchasing - The Apparel Industry

Date posted: 2 Aug 2010 - Category: report

Organisation: As You Sow

Description: The report presents how apparel industry leaders have made changes to their purchasing practices - and even their corporate structures - in continued efforts to improve working conditions in factories and to reap the benefits of having an effectively managed supply chain. The report is based on interviews with seven companies: Gap Inc., Jones Apparel, Levi Strauss & Co., Nike, Nordstrom, Phillips-Van Heusen, and Timberland. These companies were identified by members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility as innovative leaders in Purchasing Practices.

Document type:  pdf

Our ranking
Insightfour stars
Originalitythree stars
Credibilityfive stars
Overallfour stars

Our comments:  This well written and concise report highlights some key areas in how corporate purchasing practices may lead to unintended consequences in the supply chain. It shows how some leading companies have addressed the problem by changing their management approach to reduce bad buying behaviours that add pressure on suppliers. It provides a useful insight for those needing to understand how they can change their systems to avoid some of the highly publicised negative impact of finding your company in the spotlight for your supplier's bad practices.

Tags: Supply chain, Child labour, Sweatshops

Link to resource:  Best current practices in purchasing - The Apparel Industry

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