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Better Buying has launched the Better Buying Purchasing Practices Index (BBPPI) and its first benchmark report designed to support industry efforts to improve purchasing practices in supply chains globally. Better Buying uses data submitted anonymously by suppliers through its online platform to rate the purchasing practices of buyers within the apparel, footwear, and household textiles industries globally.

Contrary to expectations, the outcomes of the benchmark report prove that the length of a relationship between buyers and suppliers does not have an impact on the nature of buying practices. Furthermore, the report shows that over 60% of the suppliers are not incentivised for being compliant to buyer codes of conduct, while it also indicates that incentives are essential to improving purchasing practices.