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

November 2015

UN Global Compact Report on Business Contributions to Peace

Rina Alluri and Andrea Iff from the Business & Peace Program at swisspeace contributed to this publication as part of the Advisory Group to the UN Global Compact Business for Peace Initiative. Link

27-29 October 2015

CSR Conference

Andreas Graf moderated a panel on National Action Plans on Business and Human Rights in the ASEAN Region at a CSR Conference jointly organized by the UN and the ASEAN CSR Network in Kuala Lumpur.

RadioChico, 21-25 September 2015


Interviews with swisspeace staff Nadina Diday, Andreas Graf, Cécile Druey, Anna Leissing and Lukas Krienbuehl about peace on the school internet radio program. Link.

Andreas Graf, 2015

Kooperation mit Unternehmen - Umgang mit Risiken

In: Verbands-Management, 41. Jahrgang, Ausgabe 2 (2015), S. 19-23. Link

22 June 2015

Promoting conflict sensitive business practice: Reflections on experiences

Andreas Graf presented on swisspeace’s work on business and peace at the event, co-organized by the Quakers United Nations Office and the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform. More information.