To propose a model for ethical behaviour based on product, production and marketing methods, and to make use of qualitative data relating to a specific product in order to test its validity. This model is termed the Ethical Cube.
The model was developed as a result of early examination of ethical practices. It was then tested using publicly available examples of marketing, production and product information concerning the wine industry.
The model was found to be effective, if basic. Proposals for improvements and extensions are put forward.
The examples used are largely those that are in the public domain. Facets of a product are classed as ethical or unethical according to the number of reported examples in each area of study – with a special emphasis on production and marketing.
This can provide a standard framework for assessing the ethicality of any product.
This paper is of value to researchers and marketing practitioners seeking to evaluate the public impressions of a specific product.
Richardson, O. (2005), "Wine marketing: modelling the ethics of the wine industry using qualitative data", Qualitative Market Research, Vol. 8 No. 4, pp. 440-453. https://doi.org/10.1108/13522750510619797Download as .RIS
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