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

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.


swisspeace, 2016

Observation of the criminal case related to the 2011 incidents in Yalisika, DR Congo

The report covers the trial observation of the first instance criminal trial against Colonel Koyo et al in the Yalisika case. The trial lasted from June 2015 to December 2015 and was heard by the Military Court of the Équateur Province in Mbandaka in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Trial observation report.


Jolyon Ford, 2016

Promoting Conflict-Sensitive Business Activity during Peacebuilding

swisspeace Working Paper, 1 | 2016, April 2016, ISBN 978-3-908230-99-1. Order / download.


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.