FoodXervices and Food Bank: a Call for Integration
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In 2012, the founders of food wholesale company FoodXervices Inc. Pte. Ltd. identified a gap between food wastage and food insecurity in Singapore. To reduce this gap, they established a charity arm, The Food Bank Singapore Ltd., which operated as a liaison, collecting near-to-expiry, excess, and unwanted food products from food suppliers, retailers, and restaurants for distribution to beneficiary organizations. When the charity was founded, it was set up to be legally independent to ensure clearer accounts and audits and to prevent false allegations of misuse of food donations. In April 2018, the founders were considering integrating these two now-mature entities to take advantage of potential internal and external synergies. They needed to determine the optimal way to integrate the two entities, while considering the needs of all stakeholders.
This case can be used to study corporate social responsibility decision making in advanced undergraduate or MBA courses in business strategy, management, social impact investing, and corporate social responsibility.
The case allows students to apply the concept of a logic model to a series of corporate social responsibility strategies. After working through the case and assignment questions, students will be able to do the following:
- Identify the possible benefits and costs of integrating a for-profit company with an independent non-profit organization.
- Outline possible ways of integrating two independent entities without jeopardizing the interests of relevant stakeholders.
- Use a logic model to evaluate different integration strategies, and recommend an optimum strategy.
Singapore, Small, 2018
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