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
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.
3-5 June 2014
Course on Political Economy and Political Ecology
swisspeace expert Andrea Iff facilitated this course at the Centre for Development and Environment in Bern.