The convergence of ethics and fraud: challenges facing procurement functions in food supply chains

Samir Dani, Liam Fassam

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Abstract

The food sector has witnessed a number of high profile contamination events in the near past. These are generally spread across the world and are caused sometimes by negligence but in many cases have been intentional fraud. The global nature of food supply chains presents major challenges as any contamination in one part of the chain will flow rapidly through the supply chain. The recent horsemeat contamination scandal in Europe has sparked off a wide debate with regards to the food we eat (Earley, 2013). This case brought forth two important challenges of the food industry: the complexity of their supply chain and the issues with visibility. The milk contamination scandal in China (2008) depicted the responsibility and accountability for limiting the contamination (Dani and Deep, 2010). In the UK, post the Horsemeat case, food fraud is one of the most discussed topics in regards to the food supply chain. However it is also important to understand the aspects of ethical behaviour within this discussion both from the aspect of buyers and suppliers. This paper presents a view in this discussion, from the perspective of procurement functions within food supply chains.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 9 Sep 2016
EventThe 21st LRN Annual Conference and PhD Workshop 2016 - Cambridge Veterinary School, United Kingdom
Duration: 7 Sep 20169 Sep 2016
https://ciltuk.org.uk/About-Us/Professional-Sectors-Forums/Forums/Logistics-Research-Network/LRN-2016 (The 2016 Conference theme focused on work involving ethical issues in relation to supply chain management and logistics operations. The Conference demonstrated the current, promising research work within the theme in terms of its trends, challenges, and opportunities, so as to discover and explore new research directions for the research community and the practitioners. The Seed Corn research fund, assisted in this research quest, by supporting small scale research projects in universities. The research fund is set up to provide a small research grant on a ‘seed corn’ basis to enable supply chain, logistics and transport researchers in the UK and Ireland to explore issues of current and academic interest.)

Conference

ConferenceThe 21st LRN Annual Conference and PhD Workshop 2016
CountryUnited Kingdom
Period7/09/169/09/16
OtherThe 2016 Conference theme focused on work involving ethical issues in relation to supply chain management and logistics operations. The Conference demonstrated the current, promising research work within the theme in terms of its trends, challenges, and opportunities, so as to discover and explore new research directions for the research community and the practitioners.

The Seed Corn research fund, assisted in this research quest, by supporting small scale research projects in universities. The research fund is set up to provide a small research grant on a ‘seed corn’ basis to enable supply chain, logistics and transport researchers in the UK and Ireland to explore issues of current and academic interest.
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  • https://ciltuk.org.uk/About-Us/Professional-Sectors-Forums/Forums/Logistics-Research-Network/LRN-2016 (The 2016 Conference theme focused on work involving ethical issues in relation to supply chain management and logistics operations. The Conference demonstrated the current, promising research work within the theme in terms of its trends, challenges, and opportunities, so as to discover and explore new research directions for the research community and the practitioners. The Seed Corn research fund, assisted in this research quest, by supporting small scale research projects in universities. The research fund is set up to provide a small research grant on a ‘seed corn’ basis to enable supply chain, logistics and transport researchers in the UK and Ireland to explore issues of current and academic interest.)

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