oa Botswana Institute of Administration & Commerce Journal - Social responsibility in corporations and business ethics: the role of moral theory and botho

Volume 2, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1729-1070



The paper argues that first, corporations have a social responsibility, which includes fighting corruption and behaving morally as corporations. The author contends that there is a theoretical basis for the argument that corporations have social responsibilities that are morally founded. The examples of Gewirth, Utilitarianism and Kantianism show the moral theoretical foundation of corporate moral responsibility. In the case of Botswana the traditional concept of ""Botho"" can be appropriated in discussions on corporate moral responsibility. The Setswana traditional view is that any institution or human endeavour that is not consistent with Botho is morally wrong, including corporate activity.

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