Cost reduction and reliability improvement

I do not like procurement organizations.

It is like saying you don’t like lawyers. I don’t know all procurement engineers or managers, so understand my statement is a grand generalization. It’s not the people I don’t like it’s a common behavior that I’ve witnessed countless times that I do not like.
Procurement organizations tend to look for ways to reduce cost by purchasing less expensive components or materials. This is often done with little regard to the impact on product reliability.

Why is this? And what can we as reliability professionals do to change this behavior?
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