The aspect of being an ethical business is not enough in itself in the 21st Century. In today’s society, all major as well as leading business entities are not just held by what they make abut also by what they keep. Investors, Consumers, business partners, media organizations and regulators, and media organizations have evolved to expect that a business as well as its whole supply chain uphold ethical standards. It is a matter of time that a business or a firm finds itself or its activities in a supply chain system that is experiencing serious charges of violating ethical issues (McGraw 2008, p. 29). In most cases if this kind of scenario takes place even the biggest firms within the supply chain are most likely to get dragged into the blame. The rise of scandals such as the supplier-generated ethics one can be said to be the major risks that most big brands face in the current business work today. Such scandals tend to great damage o n major brands as well as the upcoming ones in both the global and local business environment.
Organizations seek to develop partnerships and various forms of integration and links with trading partners for efficiency and effectiveness. These links can be described as business relationships aimed at ensuring every activity in the respective organizations does not stall at any one point (Varley 2001, p. 15). This is why there is need for some ethics to promote professionalism in the business environment and best practice in provision of services to each other. Managing business and ethical relationships is the key to consistent success in supply chains of companies and help develop and maintain a value of their products.
The coffee supply chain includes growers that plant the product, intermediaries who may be involved in many aspects of the supply chain like in the primary processing or can collect quantities from growers and sell to the processor, the other one in the chain is the processor who uses machines that convert the raw product to refined product that we consume. Then we have exporters and wholesalers who bring it closer to the consumer he buys the refined coffee in bulk and sells it to the retailer who is has direct contact with the final consumer. Retailers range from supermarkets, hotels, independent retailers and catering organizations. The grocery retailing is highly active at the retail level in the UK as most of them are owned by corporate groups. There are also suppliers of the grocery products who get them from growers or grow them (Katerina, Theodoros & Georgios 2009, p. 54).
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- Sherry King (Author), 2011, Ethical issues in the supply chains of the coffee and grocery retailing, Munich, GRIN Verlag, https://www.grin.com/document/269806