Unethical Behavior and Child Labor in Supply Chains: Willful Ignorance

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Anneke Zwart, Student (University), Netherlands
Even though many organizations claim to comply to strict policies with regard to human rights such as child labor, a report by Amnesty International has revealed that still a lot of technology companies are linked to child labor. Those companies argue that it is impossible to track the source of their raw materials, and to verify that supplying companies are behaving irresponsible and unethical. Despite the claims of many organizations to adhere to strict rules and policies about ethics, reports about unethical behavior within organizations' supply chains is still commonplace. Zane, Irwin and Reczek (2016) claim a possible explanation for this contradiction can be found in the concept of "willful ignorance", referring to organizations not actively researching their supply chains to obtain such information. This phenomenon occurs both in consumer and organizational contexts:
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