This short case is based on real world events at Apple and its largest supplier Hon Hai, with disguised names and changed places. It presents a fairly straightforward opportunity to address some of the complex issues associated with sustainable global sourcing.
There are numerous similar stories in the popular press (e.g., Mattel and lead paint) that the instructor might want to assign as companion readings. Following are recommendations for issues to raise associated with each of the case questions.
1. What are the possible ramifications of the BBC story for Euro Constellation’s business prospects?
2. What is the socially responsible thing to do regarding future business with MongTronics?
3. Outline an action plan that Robert can give to his task force. What further information do they need? What actions, if any, should be taken immediately?