Towards more responsible purchasing practices within global supply chains




RESPECT conducted a qualitative survey with a sample of suppliers: 6 cut and sew factories in Bulgaria and 5 factories in Turkey directly participated in the survey.  The survey collected best practices in the textile industry and helped to better understand the suppliers’ positions, needs, and means of action towards creating a more responsible supply chain. 

Interviewed suppliers identified 2 main constraints towards implementing CSR that are linked to purchasing practices: lead time and pricing. The main objective for the suppliers is to remain competitive. To stay ahead of the market, they also think they should focus on quality products. For suppliers, the scope of CSR still needs to be clarified. They see CSR as a marketing incentive for buyers, but one with a very high cost for suppliers. Suppliers are conscious of the importance of fostering long-term relationships with buyers to achieve a win-win situation. To convince brands to get more involved in CSR, suppliers count on end-consumer involvement and political actions.

To know more about the outcomes of the survey, see the attached presentation.


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