Coffee shop legal and ethical issues

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Coffee shop legal and ethical issues

Company profiles Starbucks does not have much of a reputation for ethical behaviour. Besides its notorious tax affairs, it has been embroiled in a long stream of scandals over how it treats its workers.

It has a long history of union busting in the US,18 and in it received court sanctions four times for violation of trade union rights in Chile. It had also decided to cease giving new mothers hampers, and even to cease giving its staff birthday cards, and congratulations cards after their first four years of service.

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It was one of 30 companies whose policies on palm oil were evaluated by the Union of Concerned Scientists inand it was judged to have little commitment in the area. It is one of an elite group of corporations which has a representative on the advisory committee guiding the US negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership TTIPalthough because the negotiations are so secret, it is difficult to know what it is doing in there.

For more on Starbucks see our company profile page. Costa is owned by Whitbread, whose main business is hotels and restaurants: The company has a Corporate Social Responsibility report in which it discusses sourcing policies for palm oil, timber, cotton, sugar and meat, as well as the need to use more renewable energy.

That sounds promising, but the policies are pretty weak — especially the palm oil policy which is more or less just expressing a desire to improve in the future.

Its supply chain policy does contain clauses on living wages and working hours limits, rather than just the usual basic level prohibitions on forced labour, child labour and discrimination, but overall they received our middle mark for environmental reporting, and worst for supply chain management.

The Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare report rated Whitbread in its worst category, meaning that they felt that animal welfare did not appear to be on its business agenda at all. It is owned by a company called Saratoga Ltd, which is registered in the Isle of Man.

It has a short environment section that is mostly about recycling. It thus received worst marks in both our environmental reporting and our supply chain management categories.

The only public mention of them is a statement on its website saying that its coffee is directly traded by Union Hand Roasted. The company does not appear to have a palm oil policy, although it sells a number of products likely to contain palm oil, including cakes, biscuits and sandwiches.

They are owned by a company called SSP, who own the bulk of the brands that you find in train stations.

Coffee shop legal and ethical issues

It is hard not to feel that there is something a bit funny about it; after all, we are being given the illusion of many different companies competing with each other for our custom, when in fact there is a single company presenting us with many faces. Indeed, many of the other outlets in train stations — the ones that are not actually owned by SSP — are operated by them as franchises.

EQT IV is headquartered in Guernsey, which is a tax haven, and also has a number of subsidiaries which look likely to be used for tax avoidance purposes located in Jersey, Luxembourg and Switzerland.

Its tea and coffee is also organic, as is its milk and flour.

Fairtrade in the spotlight

In Soho received an award from Compassion in World Farming for its commitment to using free range eggs in its products. As a small, UK based chain, Soho has no subsidiaries in tax havens or oppressive regimes.Daily Coffee News by Roast magazine provides essential only news and resources for specialty coffee professionals.

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In addition to the marketing, financial, human resources and other challenges small-business owners face, legal and ethical issues of operating a . A bit of economics can go a long ways in helping understand a range of issues in business ethics. I’m not an economist myself, but I’ve read a fair bit of economics here & there.

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The ethics of the coffee shops The ethics of the coffee shop chains have been under the spotlight of late, with Starbucks and Caffè Nero both being publicly shamed over their tax avoidance.

“It is difficult to define the impact of [the Starbucks tax issues] into the figures, but we remain the UK taxman’s favourite coffee shop.

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