The bfa has revised its guidelines to the ethics on which good franchising practice is formed and has now published a new book entitled The Guide to the Code of Ethics, based on the European Franchise Federation’s (EFF) Code of Ethics, the overarching document for franchising across the continent.
The new guide is a comprehensive update and rewrite of Martin Mendelsohn’s The Ethics of Franchising, upon which the bfa originally formed best practice guidelines for ethical franchising in the UK. Mendelsohn’s book expanded on the EFF code and informed the bfa on its use and adaption to this country, and since the 1980s has been the benchmark for the industry.
The release of the new guide represents the first time his book has been significantly revamped since its inception; the content has been reworded to be better-suited to modern UK franchising and more transparent, and is essential reading for every ethical franchisor, whether well-established or just starting out.
Work on the new guide was begun by the bfa’s now-disbanded Legal Committee, led by John Pratt, and taken on to its conclusion by the Quality Standards Committee’s legal representative, Nina Moran-Watson. We are grateful for their copious work on the bfa’s interpretation of the EFF code.
The Guide to the Code of Ethics ebook is now available for download to bfa members in the members’ area, and a hard copy is available to purchase from the bfa bookshop.