Child labor in the supply chain

Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
Human Resource Management International Digest, 2017, 25 (4), pp. 1 - 2
Issue Date:
2017-01-01
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© 2017, © Emerald Publishing Limited. Purpose: This paper aims to highlight the risks faced by companies through the use of child labor in their outsourced global supply chains. Design/methodology/approach: This paper explores recent research and commentary on child labor in global supply chains. Findings: This paper reveals the risk of brand damage to large organizations as a result of child labor inputs in their supply chains. Practical implications: This study guides practitioners of human resources in advising management on strategic and tactical approaches in sanitizing supply chains of child labor. Social implications: This paper draws attention to the risks associated with the presence of child labor in the supply chain and need for large companies to practice social responsibility beyond their borders. Originality/value: The study demonstrates how child labor is not just an ethical issue but a legal one as well and how injustices suffered by children can through public awareness campaigns destroy brand value of the ultimate benefactor companies.
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