Ethical business practices
A Cadbury Schweppes case study

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Cadbury Schweppes was formed by a merger in 1969 between Cadbury and Schweppes. Since then the business has expanded into a leading international confectionery and beverages company. Through an active programme of both acquisitions and disposals the company has created a strong portfolio of brands which are sold in almost every country in the world. Cadbury Schweppes has nearly 54,000 employees and produces Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG).

Its products fall into two main categories:

  • confectionery
  • beverages.

Its portfolio of brands include leading regional and local brands such as Schweppes, Dr Pepper, Orangina, Halls, Trebor, Hollywood, Bournvita, and of course, the Cadbury masterbrand itself. These products are sold in a range of countries depending on consumer preferences and tastes.

The core purpose of Cadbury Schweppes is "working together to create brands people love". It aims to be judged as a company that is among the very best in the business world - successful, significant and admired. The company has set five goals to achieve this, one of which relates to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) - "To be admired as a great company to work for and one that is socially responsible to its communities and consumers across the globe".

This goal clearly states Cadbury Schweppes' responsibilities and recognises that what it does as a business impacts on communities and the lives of consumers.

Cadbury Schweppes takes its corporate social responsibility agenda seriously. As such it is a member of organisations like Business in the Community, International Business Leaders Forum and the Institute of Business Ethics. These organisations seek to improve the impact companies have on society. A key part of the Cadbury Schweppes approach to business lies in its ethical behaviour and close relationship with its stakeholder groups. As a company it believes that: "Respecting human rights and trading ethically is fundamental to the way we work, not just within our owned and operated businesses but also in how we interact with our wider value chain.*"

In 'Our Business Principles' Cadbury Schweppes continues: "We believe that good ethics and good business go together naturally, to produce the best long term results for all our stakeholders."



The original Cadbury company was heavily influenced by the Quaker values of the Cadbury family who started the chocolate business over 150 years ago. The Quakers promote justice, equality and social reform. The legacy of these ideals informs Cadbury Schweppes' culture today and unites its many businesses around the world who uphold this heritage and act in an ethical manner.

From the outset, Cadbury treated employees with respect and cared for their welfare. The company's site at Bournville, near Birmingham, has always been more than just a factory having extensive amenities such as housing, sports facilities and parks all being part of the original complex.

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