Why Establishing an Ethical Supply Chain is so important

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Episode Introduction
Welcome back to the Ethical Entrepreneurs Podcast, on the show this week we have Scott Russell, co-founder and CEO of Paddy & Scotts Coffee. I love the ethics, the background and the growth of this company. So, welcome to the show Scott…

What we cover in this episode:

  • How with huge growth brings huge challenges in supply chain management.
  • Coffee is the second most traded commodity to oil – why it’s important to look after the farmers.
  • Supply chains don’t have to be elongated – simplify it. Build a model that lets your customers deal direct with the producers.
  • How telling the stories of your producers can help build the relationship between brand and consumer.
  • We’re quite happy to pay £3 for a coffee but the farmers get probably as little as 3p for that crop.
  • King Charles banned coffee shops in 18th century as he seen them as places of scheming and planning!


“What we do is to use the whole crop of coffee – so it is much more sustainable”.

“The farm is broken down into 6500 membership plots – each membership is a tangible tree! It’s a direct collaboration between the farmer and the consumer”.

“Consumers are savvy now and they understand – authenticity is the big currency”.


“It’s much more than business, but we’re a commercial business. Big business doesn’t have to be bad!”


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What does it mean to be an ethical business?

An ethical business is a business that considers the impact its actions, products and services have on the environment, people and animals. Including the origin and supply chain of it’s products or services and how they manufacture and distribute them.

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