To know or not to know: Silent complicity in crimes against humanity in Argentina (1976–1983)

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Abstract

The aim of this study is to challenge the widely-held assumption that
members of the general board of a multinational corporation will not
be aware of what is happening on the shop floor in their affiliates in
other parts of the world, in particular when such actions have profound
potential moral and/or legal implications. This assumption of ‘corporate
ignorance’ is refuted by a case study documenting the information that
members of the general board of a Dutch multinational received about
crimes against humanity that were committed during the 1970s in
Argentina, and, more specifically, in and around their local affiliate
where workers were forcefully abducted and disappeared. In this historical
case, members of the general board appear to have been fully
aware of these crimes while knowingly ignoring and remaining indifferent
to the involvement of their local affiliate. In hindsight, the multinational
corporation
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages24
JournalBusiness History
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Feb 2019

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Keywords

  • corporate involvement; crimes against humanity; enforced disappearance; military dictatorship; Argentina

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