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UN Global Compact work stream on "Business and Peace"


The United Nations Global Compact has developed a work stream on business and peace providing a forum for dialogue on corporate contribution to conflict prevention, peace and development.  The business and peace work stream is an integral part of the UN Global Compact, which is a voluntary policy initiative for business on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.

The work stream offers UN Global Compact participants a platform for discussions about practical solutions and policy developments about business and peace.  As such, the initiative organises meetings and events, and drafts reports.

Among the ongoing projects of the initiative is a consultation process to help clarify what constitutes responsible investment in conflict-affected countries and a good practice guide which will showcase how companies from different sectors are contributing to peace and development in difficult operating environments around the world.

Its website also links to resources, other guidance materials and organizations in this field.

For reports & articles on the UN Global Compact, see the Resource Centre’s general section on the UN Global Compact


“Business and Peace”, UN Global Compact website

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5 May 2011

Responsible Business in High-Risk Areas and Challenging Operating Environments: Notes from the conference held on 23 March 2011 at Old Mutual, London EC4, organised by the UN Global Compact UK Network, the UN PRI Initiative and Engi

Author: Global Compact Network UK, UN PRI, Engi

The consequences of misjudged strategies in [the context of risks related to conflict] can be hugely expensive in security, litigation and capital costs, reputation losses and workforce issues. With the right advice, however, practical policies can be...

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24 June 2010

[PDF] Guidance on Responsible Business in Conflict-Affected and High-risk Areas: A Resource for Companies and Investors

Author: United Nations Global Compact, Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)

[This publication] seeks to provide a common reference point for constructive dialogue between companies and investors...[and] to complement applicable national and international laws by promoting international good practice…[T]he private sector can...

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1 June 2010

[PDF] Doing business while advancing peace and development

Author: United Nations Global Compact

Conflict affects a society at all levels…business has an interest in promoting peace and development, two main objectives of the United Nations…what is the scope of the private sector’s contribution in conflict prevention, post-conflict reconstruction...

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2 March 2010

Sudan Workshop Looks at Business and Investment in Conflict-Affected Countries

Author: UN Global Compact

The first joint UN Global Compact – Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) event was convened in Khartoum on 1-2 March 2010 in collaboration with the Global Compact Local Network Sudan. The event focused on responsible business and investment in...

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1 April 2009

[PDF] Doing Business in a Multicultural World: challenges and opportunities

Author: UN Alliance of Civilizations, UN Global Compact

Business success today has much to do with a company’s ability to understand and respect the communities in which it operates. This is reflected in cultural initiatives, partnerships with communities, greater emphasis on “conflictsensitive” business...

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9 February 2009

Sir Mark Moody-Stuart replies to NGO letter to UN Global Compact

Author: Mark Moody-Stuart, UN Global Compact

We are all very concerned about the tragic humanitarian situation in Sudan and in other conflict affected countries around the world. For this reason, consistent with its mandate as a learning and dialogue initiative, the United Nations Global Compact...

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1 February 2009

[PDF] Enabling Economies of Peace: Public Policy For Conflict-Sensitive Business

Author: Karen Ballentine, Virginia Haufler, UN Global Compact

Given its importance as a source of investment, the private sector is a potentially valuable partner in conflict prevention and post-conflict reconstruction efforts…The report seeks to achieve four aims: Identify gaps in existing initiatives and...

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19 January 2009

NGOs to further challenge UN Global Compact to uphold its “Integrity Measures”

Author: Investors Against Genocide & SOMO

Following the refusal by the UN Global Compact (UNGC) to accept and act on a formal complaint of "systematic or egregious abuse" of the Global Compact's overall aims and principles by PetroChina, a UNGC participant, the NGOs that submitted the...

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1 January 2009

[PDF] Sustaining Business and Peace: A Resource Pack on Corporate Responsibility for Small and Medium Enterprises [Sri Lanka]

Author: Radhika Hettiarachchi, Lucy Holdaway, Canan Gündüz, International Alert

In Sri Lanka there are various challenges to the survival and growth of SMEs and their wider development. A key stumbling block was the violent conflict that affected the country over the last three decades...Being more geographically dispersed than...

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1 June 2002

[PDF] Global Compact Business Guide for Conflict Impact Assessment and Risk Management

Author: UN Global Compact

The goal of this Business Guide for Conflict Impact Assessment and Risk Management is to aid companies in developing strategies that minimize the negative effects and maximize the positive effects of investing in areas of conflict or potential...

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