Socially oriented supply chains
Transparent supply chains that reflect the values of the venture are often a key element in sustaining and expanding a social venture. An organic food box scheme for example depends on its certified supply chain. A fair trade company may benefit farmers, but it also needs to avoid processing in plants with poor labour records. It often takes time to build up robust supply chains of this sort, but once established they need to be maintained with as much care as Japanese assemblers give to their different levels of supply.