Doing business in conflict-affected countries

Author: Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum (UN Global Compact & Verisk Maplecroft), Published on: 15 October 2015

This page presents an introduction to and analysis of the dilemma. It does so through the integration of real-world scenarios and case studies, examination of emerging economy contexts and exploration of the specific business risks posed by the dilemma. It also suggests a range of actions that responsible companies can take in order to manage and mitigate those risks...Businesses can have a positive or negative impact on a conflict-affected environment and (despite all intentions) can rarely remain neutral. On the negative side, for example, companies can fuel conflicts by exploring for and developing natural resources that are at the heart of a conflict, without securing the agreement of all disputing parties...However, according to David Ferguson, Director of Global Development Commons of the USAID, ‘...companies [with strong peace-building agendas] are a way to break that cycle. [Refers to ABB, Agility, BP, Bechtel, Ericsson, Skype (part of Microsoft)]

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