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Child labor in the supply chain

John Chelliah (College of Business, Hospitality and Tourism Studies, Fiji National University, Fiji)

Human Resource Management International Digest

ISSN: 0967-0734

Article publication date: 12 June 2017




This paper aims to highlight the risks faced by companies through the use of child labor in their outsourced global supply chains.


This paper explores recent research and commentary on child labor in global supply chains.


This paper reveals the risk of brand damage to large organizations as a result of child labor inputs in their supply chains.

Practical implications

This study guides practitioners of human resources in advising management on strategic and tactical approaches in sanitizing supply chains of child labor.

Social implications

This paper draws attention to the risks associated with the presence of child labor in the supply chain and need for large companies to practice social responsibility beyond their borders.


The study demonstrates how child labor is not just an ethical issue but a legal one as well and how injustices suffered by children can through public awareness campaigns destroy brand value of the ultimate benefactor companies.



Chelliah, J. (2017), "Child labor in the supply chain", Human Resource Management International Digest, Vol. 25 No. 4, pp. 1-2.



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