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Ethics and Global Business

A visiting American executive finds that a foreign subsidiary in a poor nation has hired a 12-year old girl to work on a factory floor, in violation of the company's prohibition on child labor. He tells the local manager to replace the child and tell her to go back to school. The local manager tells the American executive that the child is an orphan with no other means of support, and she will probably become a street child if she is denied work.

What should the American executive do? What guidance do you think Donaldson and Dunfee would give the American executive? Please provide the American executive with your best advice as a response to this topic. (200 words)

Donaldson and Dunfee -- http://murphylibrary.uwlax.edu/ereserves/Pena/Bus%20760/When%20Ethics%20travel%20the%20promise%20and%20peril%20of.pdf

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Many differences exist in global ethical attitudes and while it may be possible to identify those differences, they may entail moral free space and proofs exist to show the existence of different yet legitimate norms in domestic contexts. These norms are beliefs residing in our moral free space.

Moral free space entails being true to one's own ethics while respecting other cultures in demonstrating their own cultural and ...

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Best advice for an American executive on his discovery of a foreign subsidiary's hiring of minors to work in the company.