The paper "Remedy to Injustice Faced by Coffee Stakeholders" is a good example of business coursework. Coffee follows oil as the second most traded product in the entire worlds and it is estimated that about 1.6 billion cups are consumed on a daily basis across the globe. It also has a significant retail value of more than US$ 50 billion every year. Some of the leading coffee producing countries include Brazil, Columbia, and Ethiopia. Even though the coffee industry is doing well globally, it is associated with labor injustice, especially against the small-scale farmers who produce more than 80% of the coffee that is consumed in the entire world (Geereddy, 2013).
Coffee production is associated with forced labor, child labor, and exploitation of small-scale farmers who are estimated to be 25 million. Therefore, there is a significant level of labor injustice in the coffee industry. More than 25 million small-scale coffee growers receive about 7% of what the final consumers pay, which means that even if the labor exploitation is reduced coffee growers are still going to be exploited. People working in the coffee plantation are paid about $3 a day and they are still forced to pick about 100 pounds a day to earn that exploitative pay.
As a result, the families are forced to bring their children along to help them meet the requirements. The best remedy for the labor injustice in the coffee industry is the effective implementation of the fair trade among the key stakeholders involved (Geereddy, 2013). Key stakeholders who can help in the implementation of the trade fair include the government, retailers, buyers, importer, and exporters. However, retailers and buyers are best placed to ensure the success of the free trade option. The essay, therefore, primarily focuses on the labor injustice in the coffee industry.
It first relates Ruggie’ s Framework with the proposed remedy where it focuses on retailers and wholesaler as the coffee industry stakeholders who can correct the injustice even though they are not directly linked to the labor injustice. Even though the Retailers and controller depend on the main suppliers in the industry, they still have powers to ensure that coffee workers get fair wages by ensuring that they only procure fair trade coffee.
The essay also focuses on ethics theories, especially utilitarianism and deontology theories because they are linked with injustice. Finally, the essay focuses on the remedies by looking at the fair trade coffee as the best remedy because it ensures sustainability. Other remedies discussed in the essay focuses on the role of civil society in ensuring that coffee growers and workers get justice. It is the responsibility of every stakeholder involved in the coffee industry to ensure that the rights of every player are respected, especially the marginalized.
One of the ways that the key stakeholders involved in the supply chain can ensure that every right is protected is through due diligence, which can give them the opportunity to identify the risks and find a possible remedy to mitigate them or reduce the injustices that occur along with the supply chain system. In the coffee industry, those who can help in ensuring due diligence are the retailers and wholesalers because they decide on the final consumption of goods and services.
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