In response to consumer demand for more “responsible” products, businesses have made commitments to ensure their supply chains are sustainable and ethical. But these terms have varied interpretations. What does it mean for a business to be “sustainable”? What constitutes “ethical” and “responsible” practices? How do companies interpret these terms differently? Responsible business is a broad term that has several dimensions.
Corporate social responsibility, or CSR, is now a basic tenet of any good business strategy. Due to a shift in consumer expectations over the past decade, companies are finding ways to ensure their operations are more “socially responsible.” CSR is a broad term that can take many forms. Most CSR initiatives fall under one of three categories.
Transparency-One, in partnership with SGS, is proud to announce that French retailer Intermarché has launched Transparency-One traceability QR codes on its St. Eloi brand green beans.
American beer Bud Light is set to become “the first US beer to include comprehensive details for ingredients and serving facts directly on packaging.” The makers of Bud Light are moving the beer industry towards greater transparency—but more progress can still be made.
Supply chain transparency is essential not only for ensuring responsible products, but also for connecting consumers with the brands behind their purchases.
While there are many things to love about chocolate, unfortunately the cocoa industry is also linked to forced labor and sustainability issues. To properly address the cocoa supply chain, we first must be willing to look at these difficult topics in-depth.