Business Ethics in Jamaica and the Problem of Extortion by Counter Societies

Ethical Perspectives for Caribbean Business, Noel M. Cowell, Archibald Campbell, Gavin Chen and Stanford Moore, eds., Arawak Publications, 2007

14 Pages Posted: 27 Dec 2013

Date Written: 2007

Abstract

From time to time businesses face ethical dilemmas; as such ethical dilemmas in business are not in themselves unique. However, Jamaican businesses operating in certain commercial areas in the country are faced with one such dilemma which appears to derive from the unique characteristics of our social and economic space. These businesses are now faced with the challenge-of maintaining profitability and functioning as responsible corporate citizens while coping with the extortion carried out by members of the informal militias of garrison communities acting on behalf of the dons who run these communities.

Keywords: Business Ethics, Dons, Extortion, Garrisons, Counter Societies

Suggested Citation

Charles, Christopher, Business Ethics in Jamaica and the Problem of Extortion by Counter Societies (2007). Ethical Perspectives for Caribbean Business, Noel M. Cowell, Archibald Campbell, Gavin Chen and Stanford Moore, eds., Arawak Publications, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2372120

Christopher Charles (Contact Author)

University of the West Indies ( email )

Kingston
Kingston 7
Mona, Mona Kingston 7
Jamaica

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