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Published: 12/20/2011A Bloomberg article describing the challenges of supply chain management and monitoring made the rounds last week. The story involving Victoria's Secret, the women's undergarment manufacturer, and Fair Trade, the organization entrusted by Victoria's Secret to oversee the harvesting and production of organic cotton in Burkina Faso illustrated the extent of rigor companies need to maintain to ensure their products are compliant with the policies they have in place, the guarantees they pass along to their customers.
The article also shone a light on the egregious child labour practices that continue to occur long after commitments by governments to end such practices are made through international treaties and conventions.
Chris MacDonald, Ethics educator and consultant who blogs about business ethics, governance and CSR as well as being among the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics 3 years running, posted a response to the Bloomberg article with the following heading: Child labour is always bad, but it's not always wrong.
The following, minus some introductory remarks and a couple of tiny edits for the purposes of this stand-alone post, is the response I posted to Chris's blog afterwards.
Published: 12/4/2011A year ago, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon called upon Unilever CEO Paul Polman to collaborate with the UN Global Compact in the formation of a Task Force to review past private sector UN partnerships and to recommend a model which would support the rapid development of solution-based responses to help solve some of the world's toughest problems. With the global expansion of the private sector, many of the challenges it faces are the same as those preoccupying the UN. It only made sense for the two to collaborate. The UN advantage comes from its longstanding in-country presence through multiple UN organizations, enabling it to identify the overarching challenges of a country or group of countries and what needs to be
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