Unethical Behavior and Child Labor in Supply Chains: Willful Ignorance

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Unethical Behavior and Child Labor in Supply Chains: Willful Ignorance
Anneke Zwart, Student (University), Netherlands, Moderator
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 occur...Sign up

Child Labor in Supply Chains
Ismael Bena - MBA, Management Consultant, Netherlands, SIG Leader
This is a great point, as companies naturally tend to refrain from self-initiated actions to evaluate their supply chain from exploitation, and thus t...Sign up

Role of Leaders in Corporate Responsibility
Edward Watson, Director, United States, Member
I've found that, especially in hierarchical structures, leaders are reluctant to ask questions they believe will lead to negative answers and therefor...Sign up

Classification of Child Labour in Rural Areas
Thato Fredrich Peloentle, Coach, Botswana, Member
It is very true. Sometimes it depends on how one group or country views/classifies child labour. Recently one country approved a policy to allow child...Sign up

Moral Intensity Construct (Jones)
Murtada Khidir Mohamed Abuzaid, Consultant, Qatar, Member
The moral intensity constructs developed by Jones (1991) and its associated six va...Sign up

We Should Address the Root Causes of Child Labor and Poverty
Josephat Olwal Ngesah, Kenya, Member
This is definitely an important conversation for businesses. I would like to thank Transparency International (TI) for picking it up. From where I sit...Sign up

Recognizing and Resolving Child Labor. Role of CSR
Brillo L. Reynes, Consultant, Philippines, Member
I agree this ethical problem exists, especially in less developed countries where many children are not in school and their parents do not have enough...Sign up

Living in Spirit May Be the Solution
srinivas, Lecturer, India, Member
Willful Ignorance affects the further progress. Living in spirit by leaders may help.
We may define 'spirit' as follows; accepting that opposites...Sign up

Profit is the Religion and the Shareholder is God
Gerald Richards, Business Consultant, Australia, Member
In the good old / bad days, people committed offences against their fellow being while claiming that it was God on their side and they were doing his ...Sign up

Why 'Sweat-Shop' Issues are Neglected in Underdeveloped Countries
Ismael Bena - MBA, Management Consultant, Netherlands, SIG Leader
Often, underdeveloped or emerging countries, with little influence on large organizations, are faced with dilemmas to enforce social behaviour on corp...Sign up

Governments Burying their Heads in the Sand
Josephat Olwal Ngesah, Kenya, Member
@Ismael Bena - MBA: The question is for how long will governments keep on burying their heads in the sand for the s...Sign up

The Roles of Companies and Politicians in Child Labor
KALEELUL RAHUMAN, Management Consultant, Saudi Arabia, Premium Member
Obviously child labor is common in developing and underdeveloped nations. Some well-known multinational companies are investing in these counties just...Sign up

Governments Held Hostage to Choose Between Two Social Evils
Ismael Bena - MBA, Management Consultant, Netherlands, SIG Leader
@Josephat Olwal Ngesah: I agree with you that governments should use other criteria to support domestic/foreign in...Sign up

History Shows This is Hard to Change
Briolett, Manager, Canada, Member
There have been many labour movements throughout North America, who once experienced what underdeveloped countries are now facing:
- It was the w...Sign up

What we Did Learn from the Past!
Ismael Bena - MBA, Management Consultant, Netherlands, SIG Leader
I concur with you @Briolett, history has learned us that shifting of a paradigm is challenging.
Generally spea...Sign up

Child Labour - a Complex Situation
Andrew Blaine, Business Consultant, South Africa, Member
Forced child labour is always abhorrent. However, in many developing countries, particularly where AIDS and HIV has played a significant part in life,...Sign up

Combine Education with Constructive Labour
Francis Joseph, United Kingdom, Member
In areas where there is obvious persistent child labour - despite the volume and numerous calls and conferences by child protection advocates - this a...Sign up

Ethics Enforcement Concerns
Edy Khalife, Manager, Lebanon, Member
Two major concerns arose specifically at international organizations:
First, ethics rules and policies are not integrated in the core missions of...Sign up

Assumed Standard
Tim Dibble, Project Manager, United States, Member
Like the use of chemical weapons in war, child labor assumes everyone is on the same page.
But clearly we are not, as many comments point to inst...Sign up

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