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

12-31 January 2015

OECD States of Fragility 2015 to mark new approach to fragility

swisspeace took part in the meeting held in Paris. More information


Damiano de Felice and Andreas Graf, 2015

The Potential of National Action Plans to Implement Human Rights Norms: An Early Assessment with Respect to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

Journal of Human Rights Practice, 2015. Link.


11-12 December 2014

Role of local business in post-war Sri Lanka

Rina Alluri presented a paper at the Sri Lanka Roundtable organized by the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.


10 December 2014

The Politics of Peace and Conflict: The Role of Local Business in Sri Lanka

Rina Alluri was a Guest Speaker at the Research in Progress Seminar at the Institute of Social Studies in the Hague, Netherlands. More information


December 2014

International Network on Conflict and Fragility (INCAF), Paris

More information about INCAF