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Saturday, 17 December 2016

Honest Trade & Transactions: Genuine versus Mechanically-Sustained “Transparency”

I recently came across a posted article with this caption: “Creating Transparency and Trust in Global Food Chains”
Although the intention of this suggestion is clearly noble, the idea of "creating", an effort-reliant concept, is inconsistent with the concepts of transparency and trust that are character-reliant. Character (such as the honest and transparent character that is under examination) may be developed through practice but there must be a pre-existing disposition towards honesty in order for the development to go in that direction. As such, orchestrated and mechanically-sustained honesty or transparency only works to deceive. A forced exercise of honesty or transparency is a counter-reality to the very concepts of honesty, transparency and trustworthiness.
Even where other people are influenced by the honest and transparent behaviour of another to likewise be transparent and honest, the transparency and honesty are not “created”. These are only kindled in persons who are naturally predisposed to being transparent and honest. Those who are not this way inclined will only take advantage of those who are, and to their own detriment. Contrary to certain deceptive beliefs or assumptions, dishonesty and honesty are often rewarded accordingly.
Transparency is not so much an effort to be maintained in order to gain trust. As soon as it is an effort, it loses its authenticity (and perhaps its genuineness). Transparency or honesty is also not a skill to be learned and performed in order to gain trust. Transparency (i.e. honesty) is essentially a character pre-disposition that leads to behaving in trust-worthy ways that in turn lead to being trusted.
A person or organization that is naturally, characteristically, completely and consistently honest and transparent warrants trust and can be trusted.
For anyone or organization serving the public in any way, the matter goes beyond trust.  A selfless component goes with serving, as do humility, genuine care, etc. The foundation and driving force for all of these is a genuine sense of moral obligation and social responsibility. For honest and trustworthy food businesses owners, managers and workers, the SSQA Concept provides the inspiration to remain naturally genuine and socially responsible.
Posted by Felix Amiri
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Felix Amiri is currently the chair of GCSE-Food & Health Protection, and a sworn SSQA advocate.

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