An Analysis of U.S. Disinvestment from South Africa: Unity, Rights, and Justice
Source: Journal of Business Ethics, Volume 16, Number 16, December 1997 , pp. 1687-1703(17)
Abstract:This study examines the issues associated with the disinvestment of U.S. interests from South Africa that took place in the mid-80s from the perspective of three dominant moral theories: utility, rights, and justice. By examining the issues in light of these three theories, the paper attempts to establish a decision framework from which managers and investors can evaluate similar decisions they are facing around the world today. Similarly, the reading may prove useful to educators who incorporate discussions of ethical decision making into the classroom.
Training in business ethics too often takes a strictly utilitarian perspective, or worse, a relativistic one. This study attempts to illustrate how utilitarian theory and related rights and justice issues can he interwoven into the heuristics associated with the contemporary concepts of corporate social responsibility.
Document Type: Regular Paper
Publication date: December 1997