Improving working conditions in your clothing supply chain

Fact sheet ‘Socially responsible public procurement of garments and textiles’

Do you buy clothing for a company or government? Are you interested in how the purchasing policies and practices organisations in the public and semi-public sector at the buying end of the supply chain can help to better working conditions for factory workers? Get yourself inspired by SOMO’s fact sheet.

This fact sheet  is all about what you can do improve global sustainability and human rights. It is SOMO’s fourth fact sheet in a series about labour conditions in the textiles and garments industry and focuses on Europe.

Read further for background information about labour standards as well as practical suggestions for purchasing organisations. Suggestions on how to issue human rights and sustainability into the  ‘Socially responsible public procurement’ (SRPP) policies and practices of SRPP are also included. And last but not least – learn more by studying an inspiring overview of interesting practices in SRPP, with examples from the Netherlands, Norway, and the US.


Ethical public procurement – Training

Ethical Trading Initiative’s ‘Ethical public procurement’ course will develop your knowledge of ethical public procurement and help you understand how to implement an ethical procurement strategy in your own organisation.

Building the foundations of ethical trade policies and practices – Training

This is the first of four workshops in Ethical Trading Initiative’s course on ‘The essentials of ethical trade’. Essentials 1 gives participants a practical understanding of the key issues and concepts in ethical trade, and sets out the essential building blocks for their ethical trade policy and strategy.

Bridging the gap: purchasing practices

This briefing paper from Ethical Trading Initiative’s fourth conference in 2005 provides the arguments, ideas and practical tips that can help make integration of ethical considerations into buying practices a reality.

Purchasing practices case studies

This report sets out some of the key issues presented and discussed at the Ethical Trading Initiative members’ meeting on 29 November 2007. The meeting provided a forum for members to explore potential solutions to some of the common purchasing practices which undermine working conditions in the supply chain.  This report includes details of the case studies discussed during the meeting, along with the possible solutions identified by members. It also sets out how the case studies could be used as a practical tool to help improve purchasing practices along supply chains.