The conference is an international platform for stakeholders from the private sector, public sector, non-profit organisations, and academia to come together and reflect on, discuss and respond to the opportunities and challenges related to conducting inclusive and principled business in Africa. BEN-Africa’s stated mission is to strengthen the commitment and competence of Africans to do business with moral integrity.
As we convene in Swakopmund, Namibia, for our 20th annual conference, we believe it is an opportune time to revisit, critically evaluate and revitalise the foundational concepts which guide such a mission. What does it mean to be a stakeholder in today’s economy? Can stakeholder theory still deliver on its promise for inclusive and sustainable business practice, particularly in an African context? What does value and wealth creation mean in todays’ society facing multiple and acute challenges, such as climate change, global pandemics and accelerating technological change which seem to exacerbate existing inequalities? Are the values and principles that inform and guide business in the current milieu fit for purpose? What does values-driven leadership look like from the African point of view? How do we reinvigorate ethics in African business to restore its transformative and development impetus?