Title: Exploring opportunities for moral disengagement in codes of conduct from the textile industry
Authors: David Eriksson; Per Hilletofth; Göran Svensson; Lars Bengtsson
Addresses: Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, School of Engineering, Jönköping University, P.O. Box 1026, SE-551 11, Jönköping, Sweden ' Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, School of Engineering, Jönköping University, P.O. Box 1026, SE-551 11, Jönköping, Sweden ' Oslo School of Management, Kristiania University College, Kirkegata 24-26, 0153 Oslo, Norway ' Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, University of Gävle, SE-801 76, Gävle, Sweden
Abstract: The purpose of this research is to assess how codes of conducts are outlined and formulated in relation to moral disengagement along the supply chain. The research is focused on the idea that supply chain structure may reduce the actors' sense of moral responsibility for the actions and impacts of the supply chain on workers and environment. The research has been conducted as a case study including Swedish firms in the textile industry. The research has used secondary data from codes of conducts. The findings show that codes of conduct do not cover all supply chain practices linked with moral disengagement. This does not cause immoral behaviour as such, but might cause moral disengagement. Supply chain research needs to focus on what should be included in codes of conduct and other ethical guidelines, so as to reduce the risk of immoral behaviour. In order to reduce the likelihood for moral disengagement, there are several supply chain practices that should be included in codes of conduct, such as power asymmetry, managerial support, and incentives.
Keywords: business ethics; corporate social responsibility; CSR; governance; manufacturing; multinational companies; qualitative research.
World Review of Intermodal Transportation Research, 2018 Vol.7 No.4, pp.371 - 389
Received: 08 Feb 2018
Accepted: 10 Apr 2018
Published online: 02 Oct 2018 *