In response to the current Black Lives Matter movement, this issue seeks to create a forum for research on racial (in)justice and business in the North American and Caribbean context. It is vital that we, as a field of scholarship with a strong interest in social justice, recognize our own shortcomings and neglect in addressing racial justice issues. Business ethics journals have published little in this area, most business ethics courses include few, if any, readings on racial justice, and PhD students are frequently told that adopting such a focus is highly risky before tenure. Popular ethical theories all privilege white scholarship and settler colonialist perspectives on business while ignoring the disproportionate effects of injustice on communities of color. We aim to encourage new research streams to address this gulf.
Given the outsize influence of business institutions in neoliberal and capitalist societies, it is essential to question the role of business in promoting, sustaining, or reifying racism, including considering the ways in which capitalism and slavery are intertwined. Further, it will be important to determine how political, corporate, and educational leaders aid in the generation of meaningful solutions to the problem of anti-Black racism. This must include an interrogation of the dominant theories of justice. We welcome interdisciplinary perspectives and a range of theoretical frameworks and methods. We plan to hold a paper development workshop in the late spring or summer of 2021, but participation in the workshop will not be a requirement for submission to the special issue. Inquiries are welcomed by the issue editors.