A common trend that is starting to emerge which is differentiating modern business practices with what came before is the emergence of ethics and a desire to adhere to them. Our civilization is quickly beginning to see that the way we have been living for the past couple of centuries has not been sustainable in the slightest. Ethics is a branch of philosophy that essentially deals with right and wrong behaviors, and it attempts to systematize the process of uncovering these truths without letting them get distorted by personal or cultural biases.
The fact that Ethics is basically just philosophy might lead some to believe that it does not hold a place among supply chain related topics that Northwest haulage companies are so passionate about. However, we should know that our world consists of a series of interrelated systems. That means that everything we do has an impact on everything else, and the same goes for supply chains at the end of the day. Suffice it to say that the manner in which we manage our supply chains can often negatively impact local communities as well as harm the environment, so it’s definitely quite useful to think about how these chains can be managed in an ethical enough manner.
It can be surprisingly easy to be ethical while conducting business if such a thing truly matters. Resources can be obtained whilst doing the bare minimum amount of environmental interference, and on top of all of that local communities can get compensated if their lives were disrupted. There is also the small matter of paying all members of the supply chain a fair wage which can be surprisingly uncommon.