The RESPECT STORY
for more responsible purchasing practices
A E u r o p e a n P r o j e c t i n t h e Te x t i l e I n d u...
WHY RESPECT?
With civil society raising concerns over corporate responsibility practices,
investment in CSR policies all a...
Get this ready for
yesterday, at the
cheapest price!
Lack of dialogue & understanding between stakeholders in the supply c...
Unfair purchasing practices jeopardize CSR implementation within supply chains.
Let’s take that into
consideration. A sust...
Sourcing strategies are too frequently kept apart from responsible practices. Short
deadlines, tight prices, incomplete pl...
Needs
Traceability of products
I want to know the production steps and the origin of the products I
consume!
I need to be ...
WHAT CAN BE DONE
TO CHANGE IT?
The RESPECT Story e-book for more Responsible Purchasing Practices - www.responsible-practi...
. . . See the full e-book at:
(84 pages - free access)
http://issuu.com/yvesfb/docs/respect-story-e-book-v03a
. . . and mo...
The Respect project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
This publication reflects the views only of...
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The RESPECT story
With civil society raising concern over corporate responsibility practices, investment on CSR policies all along supply chains is becoming the norm. However, sourcing strategies are too frequently kept apart from responsible practices. Short deadlines, tight prices, incomplete planning and unfavorable payment conditions are often imposed upon suppliers during purchasing negotiations, undermining their aptitude to ensure fair work conditions for their staff. While this is partly due to a lack of real commitment from different actors, it is also often because of the lack of dialogue and understanding between supply chain stakeholders.

(extract of the e-book published by the RESPECT project - full version available at the end of the slides. The Respect project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.)

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    1. 1. The RESPECT STORY for more responsible purchasing practices A E u r o p e a n P r o j e c t i n t h e Te x t i l e I n d u s t r y
    2. 2. WHY RESPECT? With civil society raising concerns over corporate responsibility practices, investment in CSR policies all along the supply chain are becoming the norm. However, sourcing strategies are often too far removed from responsible practices. Short deadlines, tight prices, incomplete planning and unfavorable payment conditions are often imposed upon suppliers during purchasing negotiations, undermining their ability to ensure fair working conditions for their staff. While this is partly due to a lack of real commitment from different actors, it is also often because of the lack of dialogue and understanding between stakeholders in the supply chain. www.responsible-practices.eu The RESPECT Story e-book for more Responsible Purchasing Practices - www.responsible-practices.eu
    3. 3. Get this ready for yesterday, at the cheapest price! Lack of dialogue & understanding between stakeholders in the supply chain: I want choices! I want reasonable prices! I would like to pay my workers more, but to remain competitive, I have to ensure that my staff is flexible and low-cost. I don’t have any other choice, if I complain I might lose my job! Initial Context The RESPECT Story e-book for more Responsible Purchasing Practices - www.responsible-practices.eu
    4. 4. Unfair purchasing practices jeopardize CSR implementation within supply chains. Let’s take that into consideration. A sustainability clause will be added to suppliers’ contracts; however, we will still need to look for the cheapest prices and the quickest delivery times! I am concerned about sustainable practices, and am willing to pay a little bit more to ensure the products I use are ethical. I cannot implement CSR while having to deal with these harsh purchasing conditions! I don’t see any changes in my working conditions… I need respect ! Over the last couple of years, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR ) has become a common preoccupation within supply chains. However: The RESPECT Story e-book for more Responsible Purchasing Practices - www.responsible-practices.eu
    5. 5. Sourcing strategies are too frequently kept apart from responsible practices. Short deadlines, tight prices, incomplete planning and unfavorable payment conditions are often imposed upon suppliers during purchasing negotiations, undermining their ability to ensure fair working conditions for their staff. In order to have an effective impact on workers’ welfare, purchasing practices need to be integrated into companies’ CSR efforts Low Prices Short Deadlines Consumers want choices and cheap prices Short lead-time Working overtime Employees work more and are still paid low salaries Increased Accidents Purchasing negotiations Purchasing practices issues The RESPECT Story e-book for more Responsible Purchasing Practices - www.responsible-practices.eu
    6. 6. Needs Traceability of products I want to know the production steps and the origin of the products I consume! I need to be part of the process! My rights need to be respected! I want to be heard.. Respect I need more information on the topic, as sometimes I am unaware of the consequences of my purchasing practices. To achieve awareness among my staff, I need communication materials and assessment tools. Also, I am interested in processes that could enhance dialogue with other stakeholders, in order to find innovative remediation solutions that respect CSR. Transparency I need communication channels to share my experience with other stakeholders in the supply chain. I also need assessment, communication, and planning tools; they will help me to negotiate efficiently with buyers! Exchange of experiences The RESPECT Story e-book for more Responsible Purchasing Practices - www.responsible-practices.eu
    7. 7. WHAT CAN BE DONE TO CHANGE IT? The RESPECT Story e-book for more Responsible Purchasing Practices - www.responsible-practices.eu
    8. 8. . . . See the full e-book at: (84 pages - free access) http://issuu.com/yvesfb/docs/respect-story-e-book-v03a . . . and more info at: www.responsible-practices.eu You liked it or want to get involved! Please let us know: info@responsible-practices.eu You also may order a paper copy on-line via the print-on-demand facility at: www.lulu.com/shop/search.ep?contributorId=1225922
    9. 9. The Respect project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein. Programme: Leonardo da Vinci # CH2011‐1‐CH1‐LEO05‐00044 www.responsible-practices.eu

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