Sustainable Supply Chains in Social Businesses: A case study on organic farming in Colombia

Luis Guillemo Moreno Cortes

Student thesis: Master thesis

Abstract

The inequality result from the aggressive capitalist behaviour from some corporations have had a excruciating effect in small communities and the environment. This motivated the author to participate in groups and activities that help alleviating inequality around the world. This thesis research analyses the characteristics surrounding a Sustainable Social Business Model, the components and the feasibility for establishing the model. The case study that has been chosen for this research is the case of organic farmers in the municipality of Guasca in the region of Cundinamarca in Colombia and the interaction of the possible effects of the interaction with social programs. This cooperation is a triangulation of efforts between Finca Mahindra (farm), CRAN (institution of social aid) and Borderless Community (non-profitable organization). Through the thesis, the author reviews the Supply Chain Map of these farms as independent businesses and in cooperation with each other, in order to locate the waste in the processes, increase effectiveness, and propose the optimal Distribution Network for the products. In addition, there is an analysis of the Social Business Model and its relation with sustainability and the conditions that need to be met in order to establish a Sustainable Social Business. The case study can be described as an ethnographic study case with an abductive approach based on system combing. The research was conducted by interviewing different stakeholder of the supply chain of organic and non-organic products in Colombia. Supported by an extended theory research and analysis in Copenhagen.

EducationsMSc in Supply Chain Management , (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
LanguageEnglish
Publication date2015
Number of pages88