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 raise awareness of the need for conflict sensitivity in the business sector.

Latest Activities and Publications

22 January 2016

Opportunities and challenges businesses face in Myanmar

swisspeace Associate Expert Rina Alluri provided an input to the Geneva School of Business Administration (HEG) “Business in Asia” students. The purpose of this seminar is to evaluate the gradual opening of the Burmese economy, raise market awareness, identify business opportunities, promote networks, and anticipate future potential following the autumn 2015 democratic election in Myanmar.


Ursina Bentele, Sacha Zala, 2016

Neutrality as a Business Strategy: Switzerland and Latin America in the Cold War

In: S. Bott, J. M. Hanhimaki, J. Schaufelbuehl, M.Wyss (eds.). Neutrality and Neutralism in the Global Cold War. Between or Within the Blocs? Routledge, 2015.


Mandate for the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights, 2015

Development of the United Nations guidance document on National Action Plans

swisspeace held workshops in Switzerland, Latin America, Asia and Africa to support the development of the UN Guidance on National Action Plans on Business & Human Rights over the last three years.


15 December 2015

Roundtable on Somalia in Paris

Dominik Balthasar gave an input at a Roundtable entitled “Somalia’s hydrocarbon sector: Oiling or spoiling peace and stability?” at the French Ministry of Defense.


Rina Alluri

Businesses in conflict contexts: roles, responsibilities and risks

Seminar, fall semester 2015, University of Basel. Details


Business Advisory Board

Business & Peace cooperates closely with the Business Advisory Board. This strategic advisory body includes representatives from companies of different sectors, branches and sizes. It helps swisspeace to better understand corporate positions, constraints and interests on issues related to violent conflicts and peace building and opens new channels of communication to the private sector.