Business & Peace

The overarching goal of Business & Peace is to contribute to a better understanding of the relationships between business actors' activities, conflict prevention and conflict transformation.
The Business & Peace team conducts research and generates knowledge on the potentials and limits 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 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 on the topic.

Latest Activities and Publications

11-12 April 2014

CAS thematic block on Business, Conflict and Peacebuilding

At this thematic block, facilitated by Andrea Iff, participants explored the role of business actors in violent conflicts and peace processes. More info on the CAS in Civilian Peacebuilding.


Rina M. Alluri, 2014

Conflict sensitive business practices: The case of Nomades Swiss

Final report published by swisspeace following a project collaboration between swisspeace and Nomades Swiss Sàrl, co-funded by the Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI). Download.


Andrea Iff, 2014

What guides businesses in transformations from war to peace?

In: Companies in Conflict Situations. Building a Research Network on Business, Conflicts and Human Rights. ICIP Research 01/2014, pp. 153-178. Download.


17 March 2014

Procedural Rights and the Environment: Preventing conflict around water, land and food

Andrea Iff is invited as a speaker to this side event at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. More information.


15 March 2014

Nahrungsmittelpreisexplosion und Versorgungskrisen als Chance für Entwicklungsländer?

Presentation by Myra Posluschny at the conference "Climate - Conflicts - Consequences" organized by the German Federal Agency for Civic Education. Link.