3D Business

The Impact of Buying Practices on Building Ethical Supply Chains

Buying practices can greatly affect a relationship between brand and supplier – for good or bad. We examine how different buying practices can impact the ability for suppliers to meet ethical and environmental standards.

Over recent years the buyer/supplier relationship has come under competing pressures. On the one hand, conventional purchasing practices are driven by intense pressure to meet margins, keep purchase costs low, and an increasing focus on speeding up the production timeline. 

At the same time, buyers are under increasing pressure to ensure that their suppliers meet ever-higher expectations of labour, safety and environmental management standards.

These pressures are well understood but what is …

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