15 Partnership companies analyzed their purchasing practices and gathered feedback on the purchasing behavior of producers along their own supply chain. For this purpose, they had access to an online survey between March and April 2021.
As early as 2020, companies in the Textiles Partnership were able to use the Purchasing Practices Self Assessment (PPSA) for a self-assessment of their purchasing practices (Results). With the Purchasing Practices Assessment (PPA), they could now additionally involve their suppliers and invite them to critically evaluate their own purchasing behavior. The online tools were made available through cooperation with two strategic partners: the Action, Collaboration, Transformation (ACT) initiative and the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile (AGT).
Results and further steps
Fifteen Partnership companies participated in this year's survey, interviewing a total of 70 people via the self-assessment (PPSA) and 260 suppliers in the PPA. The results of the surveys can be used to identify risks in the supply chain that are related to their own purchasing practices. Possible risks include, for example, not paying living wages, enforced overtime or unauthorized subcontracting.
Furthermore, companies can initiate measures based on the results in order to contribute to the improvement of social and ecological standards at suppliers through more responsible purchasing. Results of the PPSA and PPA evaluation are to be presented to the Textiles Partnership after the summer.