17 April 2008 | Jake Kanter
China's human rights policies should be the main consideration for buyers wanting to source from China.
Ping Wang, a lecturer at Nottingham University who specialises in public procurement law and Chinese law, said issues over human rights were at the top of his list of factors that could damage a firm's brand.
He believes the importance of human rights outstrips considerations on the country's environmental record, worker treatment and the country's international reputation.
"When sourcing in China there might be pressure from various angles that buyers will have to consider. The only way to manage these risks is through a professional body in China or an contracted auditor," he said.
He explained organisations should monitor these issues and assess risk before entering into any new agreements with Chinese suppliers.
"I think the cost benefits of sourcing in China are still very much an incentive, but organisations will have to think twice before purchasing from the country," he said.