Colombia: Report highlights opportunities & obstacles in businesses' contributions to peace-building & human rights

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22 February 2007

Taking steps to rebuild trust in Colombia

Author: IBLF (International Business Leaders Forum)

A trust-building exercise carried out last year in Colombia has helped raise the profile of how businesses can contribute to development, peace-building and human rights in the country - but much more work still needs to be done...IBLF's findings are contained in a new report...The dialogues produced agreement from all sectors that business does have a key role in the peace-building process in Colombia. But...all the stakeholders who attended the dialogues now need to work to overcome the historic levels of mistrust that at present hinder the contributions that companies operating in Colombia could make. [also refers to Coca-Cola]

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Author: IBLF (International Business Leaders Forum)

Tradicionalmente, muchas empresas colombianas han canalizado su apoyo a los menos favorecidos y a quienes han sido afectados por el conflicto, a través de la filantropía. No obstante, existe un sinnúmero de medidas que las empresas pueden tomar ‘más allá de la filantropía’ que pueden generar grandes beneficios, tanto para la comunidad, como para las empresas, así lo demuestra la experiencia en otros países afectados por un conflicto activo. Empresas y compañías tienen la capacidad de mitigar el impacto del conflicto, en los más vulnerables y socialmente excluidos. Para cumplir con este mismo propósito, es necesario alinear las actividades propias del negocio, el compromiso social corporativo, y el vínculo con el diálogo sobre políticas públicas que promuevan la paz, el desarrollo y los derechos humanos. [se refiere a Indupalma, Tipiel, Coca-Cola, BP, Occidental (Oxy)]

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22 February 2007

[PDF] Dialogue on Business, Peace, Development and Human Rights in Colombia

Author: IBLF (International Business Leaders Forum)

Many Colombian companies have a tradition of providing philanthropic support to the disadvantaged and those impacted by conflict. Despite this, as is demonstrated from experience in other countries suffering from on-going conflict, there is a great deal more that business can do ‘beyond philanthropy’ that can result in both community and business benefit; companies have the capacity to directly mitigate the impact of conflict on the vulnerable and socially excluded by aligning their core operations, corporate citizenship and engagement in public policy to promote human rights, peace and development. [also refers to Indupalma, Tipiel, Coca-Cola, BP, Occidental (Oxy)]

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