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    Occupational Health and Safety in Small Businesses: The Rationale Behind Compliance.Elriza Esterhuyzen - 2022 - African Journal of Business Ethics 16 (1):42-61.
    Occupational health and safety, as a fundamental human right, forms the basis of the obligation of employers to employees, requiring employers to do what is right. Responsible management practices encompass cognisance of sustainability, responsibility as well as legal, financial and moral aspects related to OHS compliance. As point of departure, an overview of core OHS criteria for small businesses is provided, with reference to awareness of these criteria in the G20 countries. This article utilises quantitative and qualitative data analysis to (...)
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  2. Racial Capitalism, Ruling Elite Business Entanglement and the Impasse of Black Economic Empowerment Policy in South Africa.Alexis Habiyaremye - 2022 - African Journal of Business Ethics 16 (1):25-41.
    The high rate of inequality in South Africa is rooted in colonial dispossession and racial exploitation, and still runs primarily along the racial divide. Policy initiatives taken to redress past economic injustices through the black economic empowerment have failed to bring economic transformation. Using the twin lenses of epistemic violence and racial capitalism, this study analyses how entangled interests aimed to co-opt the ruling party elite by the apartheid-era business elite led to the BEE impasse. The pervasiveness of cultural alienation (...)
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    Towards an Understanding of Corporate (Dis)Engagement with Social Justice Advocacy.Louise Jones & Arnold Smit - 2022 - African Journal of Business Ethics 16 (1):62-80.
    If it can be argued that companies should engage with social justice advocacy, what factors might deter them from doing so? This question is pursued in a qualitative research study with participants from corporate and social justice organisations. Six inhibiting factors are identified: a lack of understanding of social justice concepts; fear of reputational risk; short-term profit orientation; a compliance mindset; disconnectedness from operating environment; and recognition that business purpose will determine its societal engagement. This research extends the theoretical and (...)
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    Being ‘Human’ Under Regimes of Human Resource Management: Using Black Theology to Illuminate Humanisation and Dehumanisation in the Workplace.Nick Megoran - 2022 - African Journal of Business Ethics 16 (1):1-24.
    Critical studies have rightly faulted mainstream HRM for its failure to account for the meaning of being human under regimes of HRM. This article advances the field in this regard by drawing on African and broader black theological reflection on the meaning of being human, and by using visual research methods to interrogate the extent to which workplaces respect human dignity. Fifty-five visual timeline interviews were conducted in a range of workplaces in the north-east of England. Data showed that allowing (...)
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    Perspectives on Business Ethics in South African Small and Medium Enterprises.Ireze van Wyk & Peet Venter - 2022 - African Journal of Business Ethics 16 (1):81-104.
    SMEs are the driving force of economies. However, they face challenges that affect their long-term survival, such as developing ethical business environments. Business ethicsrelated research is underdeveloped in SMEs, thus limiting our understanding of business ethics in SMEs. The purpose of this qualitative study was to investigate how business ethics is conceptualised in SMEs, using the Delphi Technique. In SMEs, business ethics is viewed as doing the right thing, having integrity, being transparent, trustworthy, and behaving responsibly towards internal and external (...)
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