Why would you change to an alternative product?
You have identified a risk that cannot be tackled directly, but can be avoided. We advise you to investigate possibillities to do this, such as: changing over to a different product, raw material or country/area of origin, or stopping your trade in the type of product in question.
This could mean that you will have to start looking for a different business partner. Before doing so, give your suppliers a chance to improve and help them if this is deemed necessary. Abruptly ending a relationship is usually no solution nor desirable, as the problem is then shifted to a different buyer. In addition, the continuity of delivery may be jeopardized, especially with critical (strategic) suppliers, and the original supplier’s shortcomings with regards to sustainability remain unchanged. Take into account that suppliers are more likely to comply with your requirements if you employ fair trade conditions and prices, and if you try to maintain a pleasant working relationship.