Training on Business for Peace
Fragile and conflict-affected environments are often marked by a failing economy, fractured society, deteriorating security, and political instability. Despite challenging operational environments, what if companies could cultivate the conditions that enhance sustainable peace and inclusive development through their core business models? While companies cannot substitute the need for strong institutions and fundamental reforms of governance structures, there is growing recognition that businesses can shape the conditions that determine whether instability will evolve into a durable peace or collapse into armed conflict. Stakeholders, including the business and investment communities, consumers, policymakers, and donor agencies, assert that companies, regardless of size, sector, and composition, can contribute economic value in a way that also creates value for the communities in which they are engaged. More specifically, by pursuing conflict-sensitive and positive business practices, companies impact the workplace, labor market, and marketplace to develop fair, inclusive, and just societies while addressing the root causes of conflict, including structural inequalities.
Learn how companies of all sizes, compositions, and sectors can cultivate sustainable ecosystems that create robust, equitable, and stable communities and markets.
Develop an understanding of the various stakeholders interested in conflict-sensitive and positive business engagement, including responsible investment actors.
Develop a conflict-sensitive and positive business engagement organization.
Learn how to implement conflict-sensitive and positive business activities.
United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education, Working Group on Business for Peace
The purpose of the PRME Business for Peace (B4P) Working Group is to create a value proposition of continuous, applied research that will provide tools for incorporating business for peace into management education and encourage the sustained wide-spread integration of contributions to peace into company operations and strategy—while also helping to establish which business practices contribute most directly to peace. Check out our website to learn more about the Working Group on Business for Peace, including webinars and a repository of publications.
United Nations and London School of Economics and Political Science IDEAS, Business and Human Security Initiative
How can business protect and empower individuals and communities in areas affected by conflict and crisis? This initiative aims to develop a model framework of Human Security Business Partnership to encourage collaboration between the private sector, the public sector, and civil society to address a wide range of security needs on the ground - working towards the UN’s Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Centre Leadership, Ethics, and Organization at Queen's University
The Centre for Leadership, Ethics and Organisation (CLEO) is an interdisciplinary research centre based at Queen’s Management School, Belfast. It aims to promote management and organisational studies (MOS) research into issues relating to leadership, ethical management practices including decision making and sustainability, and organisational development / transition. The Centre seeks to explore these areas within the wider research context of grand challenges, wicked problems and system wide change. Global concerns such as climate change, the recent experience of the pandemic, the impact of AI, international terrorism, mass migration between continents and countries, the injurious behaviour of financial institutions all have implications beyond individual and even groups of organisations and institutions. The Centre will seek to frame its activities and actions in the light of these global, interconnected, system wide problems.