Responsible Global Sourcing
In today’s global economy we are connected to people in far off places, in a myriad of ways, often through the products we make and consume. They travel great distances and are the result of collaborations between people across vast geographical and cultural distances.
Consumer awareness, as to where and how products are made, has risen enormously. Although this is a positive development, one has to acknowledge that global sourcing realities are too complex for us to simply stop buying “Made in China” and expect things to improve. We cannot turn on its head an economic system which has evolved over decades, but we can try and mitigate the harm it causes and make adjustments – one at a time.
For years, the norm was not to ask many questions beyond price, quality and delivery terms. The picture has altered. As Western nations are turning into service and information oriented economies, Asian manufacturers, have not only become experts in working with the most advanced materials and technologies, but they also produce some of the highest quality workmanship at competitive prices. Next to that, a lot of the fabric, hardware and fixtures our customers require originate in Asia. Our experience tells us that there is a significant number of suppliers with outstanding facilities. BRICpro wants to promote and improve the latter as a starting point for sustainable supply chains.
Around the BRICpro idea we have gatehred a team with a highly specialized skillset and a pragmatic approach. Our dedication to research, personal relationships and in-depth cultural understanding of the countries we work with guides everything we do. We strive to be leaders in a generation of enterprises contributing to sustainable economic growth and fairer conditions in a fundamentally unfair global supply chain set-up.
Responsibility & Sustainability
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), the notion that a business has obligations beyond making profit, and a responsibility to a wider circle of stakeholders has taken hold along with an increased focus on ethical sourcing and buying practices.
Successful businesses, forerunners in their fields, realize this – and act upon it. They create holistic strategies, which integrate issues of responsibility and sustainability into product development, production and marketing.
At BRICpro, we believe that profitable businesses, irrespective of their size, contribute to society at large. Our clients – as we do – want to address challenges and engage pro-actively in creating more sustainable dynamics in an interconnected global economy.
It is our ambition to provide custom-tailored, low-risk and socially responsible solutions to production outsourcing. This is our day-to-day business and our main responsibility. The potential of our social impact grows with – and directly depends on – the amount of traction we are able to generate as a business.
Outsourcing is sustainable when it presents long-term benefits for all parties involved. Sustainability is much discussed issue nowadays and its pursuit crucial for the safety of our natural resources and a healthy global economy. When we talk about sustainability at BRICpro, we use it as an overarching term, comprising both ecological and social matters. Yet, when it comes to the dimensions of impact the BRICpro model can effectively leverage, we consider workers welfare our prime focus.
We acknowledge that our direct impact is limited. Yet, we decided to take seriously the responsibility that lies even in the smallest entity and adopt a step-by-step approach to changing factory realities. The suppliers in our portfolio comply with the basic BRICpro requirements (i. e. local environmental standards, the general legal framework and basic Human Rights). We know and trust their practices and integrity.
Beyond that, however, there is always room for improvement. We want our partner factories to not only meet minimum requirements but set examples for other players in the field. That is why we aim at lasting relationships with factory owners and cultivate a ‘sustainable’ mindset among leaders in manufacturing. We believe that this approach has the power to transform images like that of “Made in China”. It’s our task to identify and help those willing to improve, while striving to trigger these ambitions on a broader scale.