4 The social perspective
In this section, we will be looking at the social and ethical aspects of supply chain management, or at least at a selection of them. Rather than presenting you with a comprehensive list of all the issues that you may encounter in this area, we seek to develop your awareness of the type of social issues that may affect your supply chain performance. Specifically, we will discuss the impact of poor performance of organisations with regards to their own staff and suppliers, both direct (tier one) and indirect suppliers (tier two up to the nth tier). Let’s begin our discussion by looking at the subject of ethics.