Thursday, December 28, 2023

Embracing ethics at every step when we think of 'Halal'

From Murray Hunter:

by Mahmoud Tatari, General Manager HALAL CONTROL GmbH Germany

DEC 28

More international Halal Certification Bodies must take this stance.

When we think of 'Halal', it's often in the context of Islamic dietary laws, signifying what is permissible and what is not. However, this view, though pivotal, is only a portion of its extensive ethical scope.

'Halal' represents ethical practices, not only in consumption but also in the entire supply chain including environmental and social responsibility. HALAL CONTROL (HC) Germany recently issued a powerful statement that aligns perfectly with this broader ethical perspective. HC has declared it will neither support nor certify any company which is complicit in crimes against humanity or engaged in inhumane and unethical practices towards humans, animals, or the environment.

This policy is non-discriminatory, applying to all industries, regardless of their regional, economic, ethnic, religious, or social backgrounds. Additionally, HC refuses to accept halal certificates from entities involved in corruption or unethical practices.

This stance is a call to action for the global halal compliance sector, urging similar commitments to integrity and ethics. While HC acknowledges that changing the world single-handedly is a tall order, however making a clear stance is a step towards a larger transformation. 

In our increasingly value-driven society, understanding 'halal' in this comprehensive, ethical sense is crucial. It's a commitment to a lifestyle that upholds universal values of integrity, fairness, and responsibility, transcending mere dietary guidelines.

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