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

30 March 2015

Investing in a Region of Transition

Rina Alluri was a panelist in this event of the MENA Initiative at the Graduate Institute in Geneva.


30 March 2015

Investing in a Region of Transition: Development, Business and Peace in the Middle East and North Africa

A discussion and contribution of the panelists to review issues and linkages of investment and development, business and peace, and to provide a framework for understanding both the positive and negative roles that business can play in situations of conflict. Organized by Geneva International Cooperation. More information


Andrea Iff and Ulrike Joras, 2015

Agribusiness: Risks and Impacts in Conflict-Affected Areas

Background Paper, February 2015. Link.


20 March, 2015

Conference on National Action Plans, Business and Human Rights

Andreas Graf gave an input on European experiences in developing National Action Plans on Business and Human Rights at a UN workshop in Pretoria.


Mandate for Danzer, 2013

Conflict Analysis in the Congo Basin, 2013

KTI has funded the development of a conflict sensitivity manual for Danzer in order to implement sustainable conflict resolution standards for Danzer's operation in the Congo Basin. The 2013 Manual has been updated and re-released in 2015 with a specific Guidance Note 9 on "The right to land, territories and access to natural resources". Download the file in English or French. Listen to a contribution on Danzer, Radio SRF 1, 20 September 2014.