(PDF) Ethical Consumerism and Everyday Ethics

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IntroductionEthical consumerism attempts to attain sustainable development through sensible and adequateconsumption by consumers. Although consumers are the key players in this equation, suppliers,retailers and producers should not be neglected in order to successfully implement ethicalconsumerism in Australia. This literature review aims to analyze relevant information fromparticular secondary resources with a focus on how the management of CFOODSTORE acquirestheir seafood supplies ethically. It will further determine what are the social and political driversfrom applying this policy successfully.ApproachIn this systematic review, sources are thoroughly analysed to avoid biasness in order to achieve aclearer perspective of ethical consumption in this sample. This study is focusing on themanagement dilemma faced by an organization in sourcing seafood ethically and improving theworking conditions in their offshore operations in an attempt to achieve reasonable wages withrespect to meeting the needs of the more ‘ethical consumer’. Hence, only articles from reliablesources will be included to discuss and analyse the dilemma faced by producers and retailers. Inaddition, perspectives of the society, consumers, investors and politics are included to furtherunderstand how it affects the adoption in an organisation.Procedure for selection and searchChosen articles and resources in regards to this study are limited to a keyword based onlinesearch from ProQuest. The key words for this research includes ethical consumerism, ethicalconsumptions, Singapore, social and political drivers and consumers.
ThemesDefinition of ethical consumption and ethical consumerismEthical consumption is the ethical standards and principles that guide the conduct of individualsor groups in the process of acquiring, using and disposal or foods and services. It is furtherdefined as the consumption and use of such products that do not violate basic labor and humanrights and ethics in the production process. Recyclable and upcycled products are also included asthey can make a significant influence to reduce overall wastage. This can likewise demonstratethe contradiction in eco-friendly products when the products and services bring harms to theenvironment. Voting in regards to the financial power of consumerism will have a greaterpossibility in directing the production and distribution system in society for a sustainable future.Initiatives from consumersFairtrade Australia and New Zealand has done research recently on Australian consumers, withresults indicating that eight in ten respondents would prefer consuming ethical products that alsoaid in charity. Results also conclude that 77% of the respondents prioritised concerns aboutenvironment and animals as one of the primary reasons for choosing ethical consumerism. Theeffects of the growing trend of ethical consumerism is evident in Volkswagen's emission scandalin 2015, which led to a sudden drop in revenue in the company. The collapse of Rana Plaza whichtook place in Bangladesh, also in 2015, brought to light the issues of basic labour rights and fairworking conditions, both of which were neglected in the region known for cost-effective garmentproduction. Acting by example, ShopHere decided to boycott suppliers that do not provide cottonsourced and produced ethically, in lieu of producing apparel and accessories for its consumersethically. The aftereffects of the Rana Plaza scandal also caused major uproars. Baptist World AidAustralia published a report on the supply chain mechanisms of 41 fashion retailers in protestagainst unethical business practices. The report focused on the transparency in manufacturingprocedures, policies of supply chain and basic human labour rights. This event proved thatAustralian consumers are well aware of ethical consumerism and that the consumers welcome the
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