Business ethics and sovereignty in settler colonial states

Jurgen Poesche*

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The objective of this conceptual article is to make the case that Indigenous Cemanáhuacan nations' sovereignty is valid throughout all of Cemanáhuac (the Americas), thus rendering settler colonial laws illegitimate and illegal. This in turn means that firms need to abide by Indigenous Cemanáhuacan nations' laws. Theories relating to business, business ethics, compliance, and sustainability reflecting the assumptions of settler colonial sovereignty need to be reworked to take into account the ethical and legal reality of Indigenous Cemanáhuacan nations' sovereignty. Without coercion-free recognition from Indigenous Cemanáhuacan nations, firms cannot accept any claim of government authority, ownership, or sovereignty made by settler colonial states. This article closes a gap in the literature between Indigenous sovereignty and business ethics in a settler colonial context.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-25
Number of pages25
JournalInternational Indigenous Policy Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Business ethics
  • Central America
  • Ethical strategy
  • Indigenous nations
  • Indigenous sovereignty
  • Legal pluralism
  • North America
  • South America
  • Theory of law


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