The PRME Business for Peace (B4P) Working Group invites you to its first Annual Forum on Tuesday October 25, 2016. The Event will be held at the American University of Sharjah (AUS) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to coordinate with the 3rd UNGC Business for Peace Annual Event that will be held the following day in Dubai, UAE. The UN-PRME B4P Annual Forum will bring together academics, practitioners, civil society, and international organizations and NGOs to discuss cutting edge academic research on business for peace and to highlight areas where further research must be pursued.
The focus of this year’s Annual Forum will be on peacebuilding and conflict-sensitive due diligence.
Research from different academic fields has explored the connections between business practices and peace for the last 15 years. The business and peace literature has already inspired several organizations to embrace the concept and produce policy documents that offer recommendations on what businesses could, and in some instances should, do to promote peace (UN Global Compact, US Institute for Peace, Institute for Economics and Peace, Business for Peace Foundation).
The traditional approach of corporate social responsibility (CSR) to peace issues is a ‘do no harm’ approach, mainly to mitigate the negative social or environmental impact of corporate activities. Scholars and policymakers have begun to challenge this understanding by arguing that companies can voluntarily contribute to social and legal development when state and international institutions fail to do so. There is an additional challenge in the B4P context: mitigating negative impacts on conflict is necessary but having a positive impact on the root causes of conflict through peacebuilding activities better addresses current needs. Determining whether corporate activities are actually enhancing peace is possible by analysing the concrete set of activities being done and implementing conflict-sensitive due diligence mechanisms.
The goal of the 2016 UN-PRME B4P Annual Forum held at AUS is to explore cutting-edge research on B4P while also highlighting for academics the research needs and expectations of the private sector, government, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations.
The one-day conference will be held on October 25, 2016. The program will run from 8:30am to 5pm. Each panel will feature representatives from business, civil society, and academia. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
Registration and Coffee
- Panel 1: Socio-economic reconstruction
- Panel 2: Political framework
- Roundtable Discussion
- Panel 3: Reconciliation and justice
- Panel 4: Security
- Panel 5: Conflict-Sensitive Due Diligence
- Open Forum
Registration will be open end of August. For more information, please contact John E. Katsos, Assistant Professor of Business Ethics and Law at the AUS School of Business Administration, firstname.lastname@example.org
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