“Our fair trade coffee tastes better”: It might, but under what conditions?


The sustainability of Fair Trade ultimately relies on consumers choosing fair-traded products. To date, research has tended to study consumer and producer engagement, and reactions to Fair Trade separately. These areas do, however, interconnect systematically through supply chains. In this paper, we introduce a self-catalyzing model of Fair Trade which acknowledges those interconnections, traces them along supply chains from producer to consumer and addresses different international development priorities articulated in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Its conceptual elements span (a) product quality, in this case, taste experience influenced by organoleptic properties and moral satisfaction; (b) organizational morality via corporate social responsibility and living wages; and (c) strategic management of slack farming resources—each catalyzed by, and catalyzing, positive emotions. Contingencies at each point in the model alter the likelihood that produce will be and feel fair and taste better to consumers.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/joca.12416
Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Aston India Foundation for Applied Research
College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Work & Organisational Psychology
College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School
Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Carr, S.C., Meyer, I., Saxena, M., Seubert, C., Hopfgarten, L., Arora, B., Jyoti, D., Rugimbana, R., Kempton, H. and Marai, L. (2021), “Our fair trade coffee tastes better”: It might, but under what conditions?. J Consum Aff. , 56 (2), pp. 597-612. which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/joca.12416. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving. Funding: South African National Research Foundation, Human and Social Dynamics Initiative, Grant/Award Number: 115573.
Uncontrolled Keywords: living wages,supply chains,sustainable consumption,Sociology and Political Science,Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
Publication ISSN: 1745-6606
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2023 08:13
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2021 08:49
Full Text Link: 10.1111/joca.12416
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2022-06
Published Online Date: 2021-09-28
Accepted Date: 2021-08-16
Authors: Carr, Stuart C.
Meyer, Ines
Saxena, Mahima
Seubert, Christian
Hopfgarten, Lisa
Arora, Bimal (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-7429-4107)
Jyoti, Divya
Rugimbana, Robert
Kempton, Heather
Marai, Leo

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