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Food Commodity Suppliers Ethical Business Formation Towards the Downstream Supply Chain in Addis Ababa.

Tufa, Roba

Conducting business in an ethical and responsible manner generates trust and leads to relationships that promote productivity and innovation. In contrary there are evidences that unethical and deliberate practices in Ethiopian businesses in more complex and hazards ways. Especially suppliers misrepresent their products by mixing food supplies with harmful/cheap items and artificially imbalances demand & supply by hiding or holding food items from market to increase price. The purpose of this study is to examine the ethical business practice of food commodity suppliers in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The aim is to determine awareness level of food supply chain actors on the importance of ethical business formation and the level of priority/attention level given to ethical food business operations by concerned stakeholders to control un-ethical business expansions. In addition, the study is to identify the root causes of unethical business formation on food commodity suppliers in and challenges for food commodity suppliers to experience ethical business formation. Suppliers of food commodity at downstream supply chain and concerned stakeholders to control un-ethical business expansions are the target population of the study. Data is collected through scheduled interview and analysis has been carried out with the help of descriptive statistics analysis method. As a result, the study finds out lower level awareness and the given attention or priority level for ethical business formation by government and other stakeholders. The study also identified causes for un-ethical business formation and challenges of suppliers to perform ethical business, from highest to lowest impact ranks

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