Tesco Csr Responsibilities Essay

2178 Words Apr 17th, 2013 9 Pages
Part One:
Identify the three most important CSR issues that the company faces and explain why each is relevant for the firm. In order to identify these issues, you should read not only corporate reports and the company’s website, but also media reports and any research papers that offer commentary on both the company’s activities and its significant social and environmental impacts.
Part Two:
Critically evaluate the nature and degree of the company’s responsibilities in relation to each issue. To do so, arguments should explicitly draw upon the theories outlined in class –
e.g. the various ethical theories, institutional and stakeholder theories. For each issue, you may draw upon a variety of theories – i.e. present a
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With a great affinity to horses within the UK, morally it seems ignominious that consumers were unknowingly consuming a food that could go against their very core. A responsibility exists to ensure consumers gain full disclosure to product origins and with Tesco forgoing comprehensive supplier analysis implies liability is fully theirs.
However, as Tesco was unaware of their suppliers’ conduct the responsibility may be that of the suppliers and as Solomon (2003) suggests Tesco may merely be "victims of circumstances”. The situation was beyond their control and to a degree this can excuse their level of responsibility.
Even though ethical theory is valid in this case, Tesco’s response to the issue demonstrates more of a stakeholder approach. All potentially affected meat products were removed from the shelves and rigorous testing on all meat products were conducted to protect consumers as well as construction of a dedicated website and appealing to the media to curtail negative publicity. Thus, responsibilities in this case can be applied to both stakeholder and ethical theories.

ii) Unfair prices for suppliers
Taking the approach of Institutional theory, Tesco is swayed to conform to the norms of its industry. Davis (1973: 314) suggests that society awards firms power and legitimacy

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