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Running head: Week 4: Academic Scholarship 1 Week 4: Academic Scholarship Leslie M. Lopez and Nicole Kifarkis Chamberlain College of Nursing ETHC 445: Principles of Ethics March 2018
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Week 4: Academic Scholarship 2 The article we chose for our academic scholarship assignment was “Why Companies Are Blind to Child Labor” written by Harvard Business Review on January 28, 2016. The article is about the discovery that big technology companies are using products made by or tied to child labor. The article discovered that “child labor is being used in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to mine cobalt, an element that is used to make lithium-ion batteries found in many tech devices”( Reczek, 2016). These Electronics brands, including Apple, Samsung, Sony, Daimler AG and several car makers are failing to do basic checks to ensure that cobalt mined by child laborers has not been used in their products. They all seem to be turning a blind eye to this issue, stating that is it impossible to know whether the cobalt used for their lithium-ion batteries use the cobalt from child miners from the Republic of the Congo. This article attempts to understand why these companies refuse to face the facts about child labor going on in these contracted facilities. It explains that we sometimes chose to be ignorant because information about ethical attributes can be delayed with negative emotion and difficult to process.
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