Primary links

WELCOME TO THE ARCHIVE (1994-2014) OF THE MAQUILA SOLIDARITY NETWORK. For current information on our ongoing work on the living wage, women's labour rights, freedom of association, corporate accountability and Bangladesh fire and safety, please visit our new website, launched in October, 2015:

Material Concerns: How responsible sourcing can deliver the goods

January 28, 2009


This report, co-authored by ethical trade group Impactt and the fair-trade organisation Traidcraft, looks at purchasing practices in the garment industry. It is "aimed at the sourcing and commercial directors of retailers and brands and sets out a new approach to sourcing which both protects and enhances commercial goals and improves labour practices in the supply base."   The report endeavours to provide operational principles setting out the ground rules for efficient and ethical purchasing; and scorecards for buyers to incentivize efficiency and better ethical behaviour.

The report is available on Impactt's website.

Share this