About Us



Better Buying is a dialogue and rating platform that is being created to highlight areas for improved purchasing practices.

The project is being conducted by Marsha Dickson, Ph.D. and Doug Cahn with technical support from the Fair Factories Clearinghouse.

Marsha Dickson is Irma Ayers Professor of Human Services in the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware. She is widely recognized as a global academic leader for her research, teaching, and practical engagement in social responsibility and global supply chains in the apparel industry. For more information about Marsha’s background, see: www.fashion.udel.edu/people/faculty/mdickson

Doug Cahn is a seasoned professional in the field of labor and compliance in global supply chains. He is a pioneer in implementing codes of conduct in supply chains for global companies, beginning with his 15-year tenure at Reebok International. For more information about Doug’s background, see:  www.thecahngroup.com/about.html

The Fair Factories Clearinghouse (FFC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to facilitate informed ethical business decisions for a better and more livable world. FFC is a compliance industry software innovator, developing and operating compliance tools for many leaders in the footwear, apparel and outdoor industries. For more information about the FFC, see: http://www.fairfactories.org

The study is being funded by the C & A Foundation. For more information about the Foundation, see: http://candafoundation.org