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Child slavery in the supply chains: the actors of the dirty scene

Lotfi, Maryam and Chen, Jiawei 2021. Child slavery in the supply chains: the actors of the dirty scene. Presented at: 8th Sustainable EurOMA Forum, La Rochelle, France, 22-23 March 2021.

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Abstract

The existence of child slavery in supply chains is increasingly complicated because it not only applies to supply chain actors and corporations at different tiers, but also to the effects of other actors. This inevitable complexity is due to the global nature of today’s supply chains. Many corporate sustainability reports, or corporate responsibility reports on child labour, reveal only a unilateral explanation and view, which renders the development of child labour measures under the leadership of many companies tardy and inefficient. Therefore, this study investigates the actors affecting child slavery and their contributions to the elimination of this issue in supply chains. The research uses thematic analysis of literature with the data corpus of a broad sample of articles from different journals and employing different research methodologies. The results provide evidence of the four main actors of corporations through their industrial characteristics, strategy, corporate social responsibility and internal stakeholders; governments through their regulations and policies and their intentions to combat child slavery; societies through social benchmarks, social accountability and social crisis; and external organisations such as ILO, NGOs and trade unions have dominant effects on the child slavery phenomena in supply chains. The findings provide a nascent conceptual model for empirical work and foundation for descriptive and normative research on child slavery in supply chains.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Status: In Press
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2021 14:15
URI: http://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/140498

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