Colombia: Research by NGOs analyse business' strategies and engagement with peace-building initiatives
A series of research papers under their collaborative and learning project on peace-building related issues and business on Colombia, by CDA (Collaborative Learning Projects) and the Colombia-based FIP (Foundation Ideas for Peace) shows different angles of opportunities, attitudes and initiatives towards peace-building in this country.
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…In December 2016, a peace agreement was signed between the Government of Colombia and the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC)...Colombian companies’ reactions to this milestone ranged from indifference, to fear that the agreement may affect market rules, to a cautious optimism of increased business opportunity. And firms have become involved in formal and informal post-conflict peacebuilding and reconstruction ventures, from local peacebuilding and development to public peace events…Our preliminary research with 20 businesses in Colombia has shown that the “logic of the firm” is well documented for crisis during conflict and the political risks therein, firms also respond and adapt their strategies in conflict-to-peace transitions…In Colombia, businesses employ four key peace strategies to navigate a conflict-to-peace transition: operational, philanthropic, political, and public relations. We take each in turn, with examples from Colombia over the previous decade…[Refers to Masglo]
Bogotá, Colombia – September 27, 2016
The Colombia Consultation CDA, PRIO, and ACDS (which did not participate in this event) convened a group of experts in Bogotá, Colombia, to analyze case studies and draw out their implications. The consultation was convened by PRIO on September 27, 2016. Participants included representatives from companies, universities, research institutions, NGOs, and private consultancies. They discussed cases from Colombia, which were shared in advance of the consultation. The work of Continental Gold in Colombia was presented orally during the consultation. Participants were also asked to share their experiences of working with or as a member of private sector enterprises during the Colombia transition to peace…The primary focus of the Colombia consultation was to discuss team research into the Federación Nacional de Cafeteros (FNC) coffee guild in Colombia, through analysis of its internationally funded ‘Footprints of Peace’ (Huellas de Paz, or FOP) project from 2011 to 2015, which tried to build local peace in some of Colombia’s most violent areas...
“Colombia: Community Perspectives on the Business Responsibility to Respect Human Rights in Countries Affected or Threatened by Conflict”
Angela Rivas Gamboa and Mateo Echeverry Ángel August 2010
This report is based on the review of relevant documents and a brief field visit that was conducted between July 26th and August 1st, including visits to the municipalities of Apiay, Villavicencio, Acacias, Puerto Lopez and Puerto Gaitán in the Meta Department…It included interviews with a range of local stakeholders, including local community members and key actors...The following pages present an analysis of the information collected during fieldwork and through relevant documents… The report is divided into three parts. The first, Meta, provides an overview and contextual frame that is based on the voices of the interviewees who pointed out different social problems that affect the region. The second, Palm, captures the point of view that different actors have on oil palm companies that are in the region. The third, Oil, captures the voices of different regional actors and their opinions regarding oil companies that work in the area. [Refers to: Alianza Oriental, El Palmar del Llano, Inversiones La Mejorana SA, Oleaginosas Santana, Palmeras la Margarita Díaz Martínez, Hacienda La Cabaña, Plantaciones Unipalma de los Llanos, Sapuga SA, Aceites Manuelita, Extractora La Paz, Extractora La Reserva, Extractora El Morichal, Oleaginosas San Mateo, Entrepalma, Palmares San Pedro, Agropecuaria Santamaría, Hupecol, Metapetroleum, Hucol, Petrominerales].
“Looking at the Principles behind the Practices Operator: British Petroleum Casanare Department, Colombia”
March 1 – 19, 2004
…The Peacebuilding and Human Security division of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) of the Canadian Government requested that CEP visit Colombia to document current practices of companies operating there and to provide DFAIT with a brief on how companies can most effectively and positively invest in Colombia. Against this background David Reyes, Independent Consultant, and Luc Zandvliet, Project Director of CEP, visited Colombia from March 1-19, 2004. During this period CEP sought to visit BP-Colombia’s operations in Yopal, Casanare Department. BP responded positively, providing the CEP team with an extensive briefing in Bogotá and hosting the team on its two-day visit to the BP base in Yopal. This report should be read in conjunction with the CDA report on current corporate practices in Colombia…