Business and Peace

Companies have an interest in peace and stability. Lack of a predictable political and economic framework and violence disrupts production and supply lines, increases operating costs and delays business activities. For companies of all sizes, being operational in “conflict-prone”, “weak” or “post-conflict” countries poses a number of dilemmas with no easy answers. The UN Global Compact provides a dynamic forum, bringing together all stakeholders in society to enhance the capacity of companies to make a positive contribution to peace and development

Featured Resources

Guidance on Responsible Business in Conflict-Affected & High-Risk Areas: A Resource for Companies & Investors (2010) The Guidance aims to assist companies in implementing responsible business practices in conflict-affected and high-risk areas consistent with the Global Compact ten principles.
Peace through Commerce – Responsible Corporate Citizenship and the Ideals of the United Nations Global Compact (2008) edited by Oliver F. Williams. Notre Dame, In: University of Notre Dame Press.
Sustaining Business and Peace – a Resource Pack for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises. This resource, developed by International Alert and the Global Compact, assists SMEs in understanding how CSR strategies and activities can contribute to peace and development.
Doing Business in a Multicultural World. This publication, developed by the UN Alliance of Civilizations and Global Compact, explores how companies can facilitate intercultural understanding in ways that benefit both business and society.

Guidance Materials

The UN Global Compact has various guidance materials and information on initiatives which can be found here. Further, information on meetings and workshops, both past and upcoming, can be found here.

Conflict Prevention and Peace-building

There is a list of related organisations which can be found on the Global Compact website.

Articles

Logs of War: The Timber Trade and Armed Conflict  – March 2002. This report explores the relationship between the trade in tropical timber and armed conflict. It was prepared by Global Witness and commissioned by Fafo’s Programme for International Co-operation and Conflict Resolution as a part of a research project entitled Economies of Conflict.

Fueling Conflict: The Oil Industry and Armed Conflict – March 2002. This report explores the relationship between oil and armed conflict. It was written by Philip Swanson and commissioned by Fafo’s Programme for International Co-operation and Conflict Resolution as a part of a research project entitled Economies of Conflict.

Economics and Violent Conflict – February 2003. Macartan Humphreys, Harvard University

Tools

U.N. Basic Principles on the use of Force and Firearms by Law Enforcement Officials – United Nations 1990

U.N. Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement Officials – United Nations, 1990