In 2016/17, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Ethical Trading Initiatives of Norway, Denmark and the UK surveyed nearly 1,500 suppliers in over 80 countries on purchasing practices and working conditions.

We would now like to complement that initial survey by collating the views and experiences of buyers. Your views are critical in understanding the whole picture of the relationship between purchasing practices and their impact on working conditions in supply chains. 

We would therefore very much appreciate your support in completing this questionnaire to capture your and your company’s purchasing practices and your relationships with suppliers.

If you are a Buying Director, Buyer – either senior or junior – or hold a position where purchasing or sourcing is one of your key responsibilities we want to hear from you

This an anonymous survey and will take you 30-45 minutes to complete. Please provide answers in English where a written response is required.

Once analysed, we will send you the series of graphs and final report that will be compiled on the basis of the survey.

This is the first survey of its kind. It will make an important and significant contribution to the debate on how purchasing practices can be improved to ensure that they do not contribute to negative impacts on workers and human rights. 

Thank you in advance for your participation and kind cooperation.

This survey is being carried out by the ILO and the Ethical Trading Initiatives of Denmark, Norway and the UK. It is being supported by the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (Sedex) and the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI).