Sunday, 26 April 2009

Dilemmas - IV

One final poser and I'll move on from this topic.

You discover something about a key supplier of yours that you didn't know before. He employs child labour.

Would you

1) Stop buying from him even though it may affect your business
2) Report his employing child labour to the authorities, but continue to buy from him
3) Ignore this, saying its his business and none of yours

If you work for a global company, you probably have no choice - NGOs will roast your company alive. (Remember Nike in China ?)

But , assume you are in a small local company. What will you do ?

Would your answer be different, if instead of discovering that he employs child labour, you discover one of the following

- He is cheating on VAT (excise, sales tax, whatever) and evading them , or,
- He is discriminating against women

Would your answer be the same ?

7 comments:

  1. Again tricky situation. Never been into this. Before taking any action lot things needs to be considered like my inventory and customer orders.

    Not an easy situation to be in.

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  2. Yes Adesh. Not an easy one to solve. Again these are very personal decisions, although in this situation, the external world, especially NGOs, will expect you to behave in a certain manner.

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