, Volume 79, Issue 1-2, pp 113-120
Date: 17 Apr 2007

The Ethics of Global Supply Chains in China – Convergences of East and West

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Abstract

This paper addresses ethical issues surrounding global supply chains of multinational companies in developing countries. In particular, it considers the development and application of industry-wide ethical standards and codes of conduct for multinational supply chains in China. We describe and analyze the ethical norms and compliance components of such industry-wide regimes in the toy, textile, and consumer electronics industries. We argue that this development represents an positive attempt to institutionalize emergent international ethical standards and practices into this component of the Chinese economy.

A paper for the World Business Ethics Forum: Does East Meet West? Nov 1–3, 2006, Hong Kong and Macao, Hong Kong Baptist University and the University of Macao.
David Krueger holds the Charles E. Spahr Chair in Managerial and Corporate Ethics at Baldwin-Wallace College. The Spahr Chair is the second oldest endowed chair in business ethics in the U.S.A. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago (divinity school) and is a published author in the field of business ethics and in religious ethics and business.