Case-Documentary: Child Slavery in the Chocolate Factories

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The issue of child slavery within the chocolate industry is a complex issue to solve for corporations within this market sector. Child slavery is heavily embedded into the working culture in cocoa farming, and as a manager, it is important to recognise the problem and do all possible to abolish such activity. As a manager overseeing these issues, it is key to be a leader and enact objectives to inspire other corporations to stand against child slavery in the chocolate industry.
Since corporations tend to be physically disconnected from farmers, it is easy to ignore the thought of children being sold as slaves to farms. However, refusing to recognise issues, corporations allow the violation of human rights of these children to continue. Child slavery violates articles 4, 5 and 23 of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Un.org, 2014)(Appendix A). It is the ethical duty of a corporation to rise against child labour in Africa because the exploitation occurs for the benefit of Western consumers. Philosopher, Immanuel Kant, proposes a moral test consisting of three maxims, and when these maxims are applied to child labour, it is understood that the exploitation of children is deemed unethical (Crane and Matten, 2010, p. 105, 107)(Appendix B). As a manager, comprehending the moral intensity of the situation will aid in developing a strong extended view of corporate citizenship or the acknowledgement of the “extended political role of [a] corporation in society” (Crane and Matten, 2010, p. 75). Large chocolate manufacturers have power, which could be harnessed in creating positive socio-economical changes in developing countries. Management must use their corporate citizenship and act as leaders to inspire other corporatio...

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...porations must follow-suit in hopes for socio-economic change.

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Crane, A. and Matten, D. 2010. Business ethics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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