In African emerging markets (AEMs), the prevailing notions of social responsibility (SR) are based chiefly on Western ethics. Even discussions of corporate social responsibility (CSR) have, more often than not, been couched in the similar manner. Consequently, the field of CSR in AEMs is largely unaware of Setho ethics that for it are germane as a basis for thinking and talking about SR. In this chapter, the author proposes Setho ethics rooted in Botho, which sees the communal, interdependence and interrelatedness of beings, as an alternative vision of CSR in AEMs. In fact, people in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) see themselves in a symbiotic relationship with society, a point well-articulated by Mbiti (1969, p. 24) thus, "I am because you are, and since we are, therefore I am". This African view through the Setho ethics lenses generates a different notion of an ideal SR of business to society worth illuminating in the CSR discourse today.
|Title of host publication||Ethical and social perspectives on global business interaction in emerging markets|
|Editors||Minwir Al-Shammari, Hatem Masri|
|Place of Publication||USA|
|Number of pages||19|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 2016|
|Name||Advances in Business Strategy and Competitive Advantage (ABSCA)|