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

27 August 2014

International Peace Research Association Convention

swisspeace director Laurent Goetschel co-organized KFPE conference on Sustainable Solutions in Governing the Extractive Industries. Link.


Andrea Iff, 2014

Questions and Answers on Business, Peace and Conflict

In: The Smarter Business blog, by Tobias Webb, 07 August 2014. Link.


23-24 June 2014

Responsible Extractives Summit

Andrea Iff participated at the "Responsible Extractives Summit" in London organized by Ethical Corporation.


13 June 2014

Webinar on "Business & Peace: Implementing conflict-sensitive business practices"

swisspeace expert Andrea Iff participated in an online discussion hosted by RSEetPSE. Link.


07 June 2014

The Impact of Foreign Private Sector Activities on Peacebuilding in South Sudan

swisspeace expert Andrea Iff gave an input on positive and negative consequences of foreign business activities on peacebuilding in South Sudan at a conference on "Agricultural Development, Business Enterprise, Oil, Finance and Economic Development in the Two Sudans" in London. Link.