The Story of BEN-Africa
BEN-Africa was formed in 1999. The founding conviction of BEN-Africa is that by bringing together Africans who share an interest in business ethics, business ethics will be expanded on the African continent. We believe that through interaction, both theoretical knowledge and practical skill in managing ethics will be enhanced.
BEN-Africa facilitates interaction between its members in various ways. These include our website, an electronically distributed newsletter, and social media. BEN-Africa also presents a conference annually, in different cities around the African continent.
BEN-Africa is committed to disseminate information, knowledge and expertise on business ethics to its members, primarily through our open-access, electronically published journal, the African Journal of Business Ethics (AJOBE), available at http://ajobe.journals.ac.za.
BEN-Africa also provides members with the opportunity to participate in generating new knowledge and expertise. This is done through a number of research projects including, amongst others, the Whistle Blowing Project, the Business Ethics Case Study Project and the HIV/AIDS project. In 2015 BEN-Africa partnered with KPMG South Africa in hosting business ethics forums across South Africa aimed at ethics practitioners, culminating in a new publication series ‘Letters from the field…’ , the first of which was released in 2016. Deloitte has been a partner since 2017. In 2018 we also partnered with the Nelson Mandela University Business School to continue the forums in a new format.
BEN-Africa strengthens the commitment and competence of Africans to do business with moral integrity by facilitating interaction between academics and practitioners who share an interest in business ethics.
In order to give effect to BEN-Africa’s mission we have three strategic focal areas:
- The development and maintenance of a network of people with either a theoretical and/or practical interest in business ethics;
- The facilitation of interaction between people with either a theoretical and/or practical interest in business ethics; and
- The initiation of research in business ethics that is either of practical or theoretical interest.