BEN-Africa 19th Annual Business Ethics Conference
“Africa beyond 2020 – Ethical Reflections, Transformational Possibilities “
Virtual Conference: 2-6 November 2020
When we were planning our 2020 conference, we originally positioned our theme ‘Ethical possibilities, transformational possibilities’ as an opportunity to reflect upon the ethics story, more particularly the business ethics story, that has been and could be told about Africa. We envisaged conversations about, inter alia, national factors and global trends which might facilitate or counter against BEN-Africa achieving greater success in its mission to strengthen the commitment and competence of Africans to do business with moral integrity.
Since the original announcement of our 2020 conference at the beginning of the year, every single corner of the globe has affected and upended by the (still-ongoing) CoVID 19 pandemic. In line with global developments BEN-Africa has decided that this year’s conference will be a virtual conference. Our original theme has proved most prescient, and while we don’t wish our conference to be regarded as yet another CoVID 19 conference, we also cannot ignore the transformational possibilities that the pandemic now presents us with and which will have a major impact on any such conversations for the foreseeable future. In keeping with our vision and mission as an Africa based, and Africa focused network we will retain the focus of our efforts of these transformational possibilities for Africa, as well as reflecting on the practices, structures, and paradigms that have brought us to this point.
To this end we will be presenting a series of four 1-hour webinars to be held on consecutive days from 2-5 November between 13:00 and 14:00; as well as a selection of ‘paper presentations’ on Friday 6 November
The themes for the webinars will be as follows:
- Day 1- 2 November: Reflecting on the past 20 years of business ethics education and training in Africa, and the transformational possibilities in migrating business ethics and education online.
- Day 2- 3 November: Reflecting on the past 20 years of the ethics of Environmental and Energy development and policy in Africa, and the transformational possibilities for business in meeting these challenges through CSR, Social Impact and Corporate Citizenship programmes.
- Day 3- 4 November: Reflecting on the past 20 years of the ethics of the accounting and auditing profession, and the transformational possibilities of migrating to virtual methods and practices.
- Day 4- 5 November: Reflecting on the past 20 years of BEN-Africa itself, from its founding in Nairobi, Kenya in 2000 by critically examining its successes and failures, as well as the transformational possibilities that might be awakened by mobilising its network in an online world.
- Day 5- 6 November: A version of the ‘paper presentations’ that are always a feature of our conferences. We are still exploring possible formats in which to do this, such as a series of short video-clip presentations ( 5-8 minutes) on Zoom with the Q &A conducted through posting questions through a chat function to the presenter. We are open to suggestions on how we might go about this as we are all navigating this brave new world.
We will have a more detailed programme up by the end of July.
Finally, for all of those who had been looking forward to meeting in person in November in the wonderful seaside town of Swakopmund, Namibia, we can reassure you that we have every intention of hosting 2021 conference at the Strand Hotel in Swakopmund, Namibia . So save the date 4-5 November 2021.