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
15 - 16 January 2017
Basel Peace Forum
The Basel Peace Forum 2017 took place in Basel and intended to inspire new and unconventional ideas for peacebuilding. Carefully selected leading personalities and decision-makers from business, diplomacy, academia, and civil society were invited to discuss innovative peacebuilding. Website.
Human Security Division of the FDFA, 2016-2017
Support to Swiss embassies in the area of business and peace
swisspeace has been supporting embassies of Switzerland around the world to accompany Swiss companies in conducting conflict-sensitive business in developing and fragile countries.
10 - 12 November 2016
Business, Conflict & Human Rights Course
What is needed for businesses to operate responsibly in volatile areas? The course explores this question from various angles. It discusses state of the art international standards on business and human rights and ways for companies to implement them. More information
Andreas Graf and Andrea Iff, 2016
Enhanced Human Rights Due Diligence in Conflict Affected and High-Risk Areas
swisspeace Essential 5|2016. Download the Essential in English.
Andreas Graf, Andrea Iff, 2016
Respecting Human Rights in Conflict Regions: How to Avoid the ‘Conflict Spiral’
Business and Human Rights Journal, June 2016: 1 - 25.
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.