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In this assignment I am going to describe the social implications of business ethics facing Innocent in its different areas of activity.

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Introduction: In this assignment I am going to describe the social implications of business ethics facing Innocent in its different areas of activity. Human Rights - Human Resource Management Innocent need to think about human rights in their different areas of activity to ensure that they are being ethical; the area that human rights applies to is the human resource management of the business. Human rights includes factors such as discrimination. -Discrimination It is against the law in the UK to treat people differently based on their gender, religion, disability, sexual orientation or race. This includes both employees and customers. This is an implication for Innocent because it affects the way in which they recruit and treat their staff members. When employing staff Innocent need to make sure they give everybody a fair chance and cannot reject applicants just based on their gender, religion or if they have a disability. It also affects the way Innocent treat their staff while working for them such as members of a certain religion can't be paid higher than a member of staff doing the same job but of a different religion. ...read more.

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The main ingredient that is involved is the fruit. To be ethical Innocent need to find a supplier who treat their workers fairly and pay them fairly. In order for the fruit to be fair trade the workers in other countries such as Ghana will be paid a good rate and will not be exploited. It is important that Innocent find a good supplier who operates fairly because if they chose a supplier who treat their workers poorly and pay them hardly any money then people would see Innocent as an unethical business who are in a way supporting un fair trade. Legal and Regulatory Compliance There are areas of the law that all businesses must follow. Innocent need to make sure they comply with regulations to an ethical and moral level. They also need to comply with the legal rules in order for the business to be successful. If Innocent do not comply they would get into trouble for breaking the law and their business would fail. Therefore they need to think about the activities of their business to ensure that they are operating ethically and legally. ...read more.

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It also prohibits businesses against giving false descriptions and misleading customers. Innocent need to ensure that the descriptions of their products are accurate and true so that they do not break this law. Protecting Employees The Government have established a law that protects employees of a business and it is called the employment law. Innocent need to comply by this law and they can do this by treating employees fairly and without discrimination. There are three main laws that are put in place to protect employees; - The Sex Discrimination Act 1975 This law outlaws Innocent discriminating employees on the terms of gender and marital status. - The Equal Pay Act 1970 Innocent cannot give favourable treatment between males and females in terms of pay and conditions of employment. If they do then they will be breaking the law so this is a social implication for Innocent. All of these laws put Innocent under an obligation to treat their employees in a fair and open way. Employees are also protected under health and safety laws and regulations so Innocent will need to ensure the workplace for all of their employees is a safe environment and they may also need to provide additional training to make sure they meet these laws. 3 ...read more.

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