Do codes of conduct promote unethical sourcing?
Brand owners are sending out two apparently contradictory signals. On the one hand they want quality, short lead times, and adherence to their codes of conduct, while on the other, suppliers do not succeed in gaining contracts unless they can undercut their competitors on cost. Competition is so fierce that something has to slip - and experience shows that it is not price. Is the relentless quest for cheaper garments the engine that drives exploitation? asks David J Tyler.
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