Description: Dalhousie University professor Sylvain Charlebois argues its time that the big Canadian grocery chains sign-on to an industry code of conduct. He offers this opinion in the light of a move by all the big grocers except Sobeys to place new fees on their suppliers who want access to their store shelves. Charlebois goes so far as to call these fees “bully tactics,” and he sees them as weakening food manufacturers and pushing the independent grocery stores onto the survival list.
Date: October 29, 2020
1) Were you aware about these fees charged to suppliers by the big grocery chains?
2) If you were an accountant at one of these suppliers, how would you advise your employer to respond to this latest move?
3) In chapter one of Wiley’s Financial Accounting: Tools for Business Decision-Making, we read about the importance of high standards of ethical behaviour for accountants. Do you think this decision to charge these fees is ethical?