School for buyers launchedJune 2010
Training courses in ethical purchasing have been introduced by the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) to help companies’ individual employees with buying decisions and practices.
The ETI, an alliance of companies, trade unions and non-governmental organizations seeking to improve working conditions in the third world, will show buyers the potential human consequences of some buying practices, such as making constantly late changes to orders or continually demanding lower prices.
The training, which the ETI says is a response to growing demand from business, will also aim to help buyers identify where workers are being mistreated, and to understand how to deal with such problems.
Muriel Johnson, an ETI trainer on the course, said ‘buyers are under constant pressure’ and are ‘sometimes unaware that their decisions can have a negative effect on the people who are making their products’.
She said: ‘Giving visibility to these issues is key ... By giving them enough information to get involved, ethical trade becomes an important part of their agenda too. It can turn what may have been seen as “sales prevention” into a sales requirement.’
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