Business & Peace

The overarching goal of the swisspeace Business & Peace Program is to contribute to a better understanding of the relationship between the activities of business actors, conflict prevention and conflict transformation. The Business & Peace team conducts research and generates knowledge on the potentials and limitations of business engagement in peacebuilding. Our strategies and guidelines for the private sector enable the inclusion of business actors in conflict prevention and transformation efforts in a constructive way. We cooperate closely with the Business Advisory Board of swisspeace, which includes representatives from companies of different sectors, branches and sizes. We assist companies in identifying the conflict-related risks of their operations and in developing adequate conflict sensitive business practices. In academic and policy-oriented workshops and roundtables, we advance domestic and international debates and build/raise awareness of the need for conflict sensitivity in the business sector.

Latest Activities and Publications

6 October 2014

swisspeace’s first Postgraduate Course on Business, Conflict & Peace

has just started. Read more. Program. Faculty list.


03 october 2014

KOFF Roundtable on Private Sector Development in Afghanistan

KOFF rountable on "An Afghan exit strategy from aid-dependency: Private sector development in Afghanistan", with the participation of Hervé Berger and Can Günes Deniz. Programme. Watch the live stream


30 September - 02 October 2014

International Expert Retreat on Conflict Sensitivity

An International Expert Retreat on “Taking conflict sensitivity to the next level” was organised by swisspeace KOFF in collaboration with swisspeace Business & Peace. Read the Reflection Note.


16 - 18 September 2014

African Regional Forum on Business and Human Rights

As part of his work with the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights, Andreas Graf participated at the African Regional Forum on Business and Human Rights in Addis from September 16 to 18.


11 - 12 September 2014

Third Annual Conference of the IAPCS

Several swisspeace experts participated in the Third Annual Conference of the International Association for Peace and Conflict Studies in Manchester an presented their papers. More information.