Supply Chain Development
“Jonathan’s contributions have been pivotal to the Fair Trade movement; he has an extraordinary commitment to social justice, and a deep understanding and connection to producers and cooperatives. He brings a strong ability to understand and work with complex systems and value-chains; he is a creative problem solver and adviser.”
-Betty McKenzie, former Co-Director, Red Tomato
The ways that a company sources its products or services and works with the people and communities that supply them can help to shape its identity. Its approach can be a source of inspiration and pride or lead to shame and liability.
A HISTORY OF RETHINKING BUSINESS-AS-USUAL
Just Works has over 25 years of direct experience creating and shaping new trade ideas, equitable supply chains, food justice systems, and high-integrity trade relationships. We believe that most people and companies would prefer to source products or services in an ethical manner if they could. Unfortunately, the way that the global economy is structured often makes it impractical—if not impossible—to produce products in a way that benefits everyone who is involved along the chain.
DEVELOPING ETHICAL SUPPLY CHAINS
We help companies develop ethical partnerships and supplier relationships by examining their mission, values, and assumptions about how they currently source products and services, and working with them to develop new criteria and standards. After reviewing their commitments to existing trade relationships, we help them identify other sources and types of partnerships that could strengthen or energize their brand. We investigate these options and help the company evaluate their feasibility, implications, and fit with their criteria and standards. Finally, we help them implement the new relationships and conduct regular reviews of their practices.