African Journal of Business Ethics 2021-09-17T10:36:04+00:00 Prof Neil Eccles Open Journal Systems <p>The African Journal of Business Ethics (AJoBE) is the official journal of the Business Ethics Network (BEN) Africa (<a href=""></a>). It was established in 2005 with the express purpose of promoting business ethics scholarship on the African continent. The journal is open access and is accredited with the International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS). We aim to publish two editions of the journal yearly.&nbsp;</p> <p>The aim of the journal is to contribute to the expansion and establishment of business ethics as an academic field in Africa. In pursuit of this aim, we wish to not only build a continental journal of high quality, but to also ensure that it achieves broad international credibility.&nbsp; We invite scholars and practitioners to submit speculative philosophical papers, opinion papers, theoretical papers, empirical research reports (both quantitative and qualitative), as well as book reviews.&nbsp; All contributions within the broad general scope of business ethics are welcome.&nbsp; Guidelines for authors can be found here:;&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thoughts on how the African Journal of Business Ethics might evolve 2021-09-17T10:36:03+00:00 Neil Eccles <p>I have been editor-in-chief of the African Journal of Business Ethics for just over a year now. This is enough time to get a sense of the inner workings of the journal, the ebb and flow of<br>papers, and, perhaps most importantly, some of the challenges and opportunities of our journal. And so, armed with this accumulated insight, I thought it was high time that I sat down<br>and put some ideas on paper as to how I would like to see the journal evolve, certainly under what remains of my tenure as editor-in-chief, but possibly also beyond that.</p> 2021-09-17T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 African Journal of Business Ethics What constitutes impact? Definition, motives, measurement and reporting considerations in an African impact investment market 2021-09-17T10:36:03+00:00 Suzette Viviers <p>Impact investing is the fastest growing responsible investment strategy and has the potential to address many of the environmental and socio-economic challenges faced by humanity. Some scholars, however, claim that definitional ambiguity confounds impact measurement and hence reduces the attractiveness of this investment strategy. To investigate this claim, semi-structured personal interviews were conducted with 13 experienced impact investors in a large African market. Participants did not regard definitional ambiguity as a serious barrier, but found it difficult to identify and articulate specific impact objectives that could match their financial return expectations. Investors called for more training and information sharing platforms.</p> 2021-09-17T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 African Journal of Business Ethics A Moral Compass of the Organisation During Crisis: Exploring the ethics roles of Strategic Communication practice 2021-09-17T10:36:04+00:00 Abyshey Nhedzi Cleopatra Gombarume <p>The ethical behavior has long been a subject of the strategic communication discipline, but in South Africa, there are scarce empirical researches of ethical practice to date. In this paper through interviews with ten South African strategic communication practitioners in diverse organisations. We examine what constitutes ethical communication and the roles of practitioners in guiding the organisation toward considering ethics during a crisis. Findings reveal ten moral compass roles which are categorized into ethical counsel and advocacy role types. Although marked with legal, leaders/clients who want practitioners to compromise on ethical counsel roles, practitioners were defining organisation's ethics role.</p> 2021-09-17T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 African Journal of Business Ethics Holding Space 2021-09-17T10:36:04+00:00 Shaun Ruggunan Kathryn Pillay Cristy Leask <p>The Covid-19 pandemic restructured work, work organisations and organisational responses to crisis. Public sector universities in South Africa were not immune to the profound shifts in organisational practice that the pandemic thrust upon them. This paper aims to understand affective organizational responses, specifically empathy to employees in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. Using a collaborative auto-ethnographic approach (CAE), we assess a South African public university’s empathetic response to employees’ work-life integration challenges at the peak of the pandemic. Conceptually we offer the idea of ‘performative empathy’ as a lens to analyze organisational behavior.</p> 2021-09-17T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 African Journal of Business Ethics