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Webinar: Measuring the impact of purchasing practices on working conditions during COVID-19

Written by Ulula

April 28, 2021

Eight years after the Rana Plaza accident, the practices of buyers still have large knock-on effects on apparel industry workers. The link between the brand behaviour and impacts on suppliers and workers has been further underscored by COVID-19. Through their purchasing decisions, brands and retailers have a critical role to play in supporting suppliers and workers to overcome the consequences of this crisis on their businesses and livelihoods.

At the end of 2020, Ulula and Better Buying Institute conducted supplier-level and direct worker-level surveys in the apparel supply chain in Vietnam. In this webinar, Thomas Radal from Ulula and Marsha Dickson from Better Buying Institute shared research findings and recommendations to help brands and retailers understand their impact and encourage better practices.

Watch below to learn:

  • Data-backed insights on how COVID-19 has impacted suppliers’ business profitability and economic sustainability, and overall ability to provide good working conditions and wages.
  • How changing purchasing practices have impacted management stress, worker overtime, worker layoffs and retrenchment, and worker turnover.
  • Actionable steps that brands and retailers can make towards improving purchasing practices, to enhance supplier relations and mitigate negative human rights impacts

Click here to view the webinar recording

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