Companies that buy outsourced services (i.e. service buyers) can influence the employment practices of the service providers. This is particularly true for cleaning, security and landscaping services, which are commonly outsourced services that employ a significant number of low-wage workers (LWWs).
Tripartite Advisory on Best Sourcing Practices
To help service buyers outsource responsibly, MOM and its tripartite partners released a Tripartite Advisory on Responsible Outsourcing Practices in March 2008. The advisory was updated in January 2012 and renamed as the Tripartite Advisory on Best Sourcing Practices to encourage service buyers to outsource responsibly and adopt best practices when doing so. The changes take into account feedback gathered from industry stakeholders, unions, workers and the public.