Category Archives: Responsible Business

The Idea of Business and Peace: “Assuming the Can Opener”

– In this post, Ben Miller, an expert on corporate social impacts in fragile and conflict-affected states, argues that current discussions of private sector peacebuilding overlook almost entirely the practical problems that companies frequently experience as they try to avoid adverse social impacts. As negative impacts commonly generate or fuel conflict, their absence from the discussion raises fundamental questions about that discussion’s practical utility for companies and policy makers seeking to establish a role for companies in peace efforts. –

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Business and armed non-State actors in conflict zones

 

Companies have an abiding interest in establishing peace and stability as the foundations for investment, reducing risk and, ultimately, the returns that they can offer to shareholders. In investment and operational decisions, businesses must consider both the impact their presence will have on conflict dynamics and security and also the impacts that conflict may have on their ability to be productive and operate safely. Continue reading