BEN-Africa's 16th annual conference, 9-10 Nov, 'Ethics & Energy' is an international platform for stakeholders from the private sector, the public sector, non-profit organisations and academia to come together to reflect, to discuss and to respond to the opportunities and challenges related to promoting ethics, governance and sustainability in African contexts.
Inputs from and about the region, as well as contributions dealing with Africa’s position with respect to other world regions (especially as regards ethics, governance and sustainability initiatives and challenges in the energy sector) will be considered.
On 8 October 2015 KPMG and BEN-Africa hosted the 2nd "Ethics Forum". Ethics management practitioners, academics and other interested parties were invited to discuss the priorities and challenges of organisational ethics management. The theme for this forum was "Making an Ethics Office Effective and Relevant". One session of the forum was devoted to small group discussions on the "burning issues" in ethics management. Four questions were discussed, and the answers of delegates are summarised below.
This survey measures Africans’ perceptions of the business practices of Chinese nationals (hereafter “Chinese Business”) in African countries. Such a survey is long overdue. While there have been several studies of the perceptions of Chinese and Europeans, Africans are the ones who are directly affected by investment of Chinese Business in their countries.
Also, there is a widespread perception that Chinese investment in Africa is not benefiting Africans. China stands accused of being a ‘new colonial power’, extracting resources for their own benefit with little return for Africa. In addition, Chinese presence in Africa is
viewed with suspicion, especially from Western countries, and their human rights record, labour practices and environmental practices are often questioned. On the other side, the Chinese are very positive about their investment in Africa, contending that it contributes to the development in Africa.