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PRME Working Group on Business for Peace

Business for Peace (B4P) research is interdisciplinary, leaning on business ethics, corporate responsibility, peace and conflict management, human security, law and human rights, gender, development economics, peace economics, and environmental studies. Scholarly interest focuses on how by moving from compliance, do-no-harm, and conflict-sensitive business practices, to pursuing ethical or responsible business practices, companies can address drivers of conflict, including structural inequalities, and create the conditions that lead to peace. The B4P field is framed by how a company impacts its workforce, the labor market, marketplace, government regulations, the environment, and the communities in which it is engaged. Examples of peace-related business activities include addressing discrimination and racial inequality, ensuring inclusive and participatory peace and transition processes, respecting internationally recognized labor standards and human rights, and improving protection mechanisms against exploitation and forced labor.

Vision & Goals

The Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) Working Group on Business for Peace (B4P) is a community of academics and practitioners who aim to advance the discussion and further academic research on the private sector’s role in cultivating the conditions that enhance sustainable peace and inclusive development. The purpose of the PRME Working Group on Business for Peace is to create a value proposition of applied research on B4P, inform the tools for incorporating B4P into business and management education and sustain wide-spread integration of B4P perspectives into company operations and strategy.

The PRME-B4P Working Group works towards three main goals:

  • Awareness-raising: with a particular emphasis on furthering the business case for peace and identifying opportunities for collaboration with key stakeholders.
  • Developing research projects: create resources on business contributions to peace, including case studies and curriculum for scholars and practitioners in the field.
  • Expanding networks: through outreach to multi-stakeholder initiatives, including the UN Global Compact, Principles for Responsible Management Education, Global Business School Network, academia, business, civil society, and government to share best practices and lessons learned.

If you are interested in joining the working group, please complete this registration form.

For additional information on the working group, feel free to contact:

Chair: Christina Bache,

Co-Chair: Bob Sicina,

Keep apprised of community news through:


LinkedIn: Business for Peace

Twitter: @business_peace

Activities, Deliverables & Resources

Webinars – We frequently organize open webinars to promote learning and share lessons learned among stakeholders, including academia, business, and civil society.

Consultations – Occasionally, we organize closed consultations with stakeholders to discuss sensitive issues regarding the role of business in complex, fragile, and conflict-affected environments.

Institutional Collaboration – We greatly value the diverse institutional relations we have with organizations, including the ICRC, DCAF, IFC, among others.

Student Engagement – We welcome student interns to contribute to our efforts.

Academic Engagement
– We welcome academic collaboration with our colleagues through the organization of webinars, joint research efforts, and presentation of research findings.

Previous Webinars

Dr. Christina Bache, Chair

Dr. Bache’s interests include peace and conflict management studies, focusing on the intersectionality of business and the humanitarian-development-peace nexus. She has written and presented issues related to peace economics, human security, livelihood security, positive business engagement, and the meaningful inclusion and participation of women in fragile and conflict-affected situations. Currently, she is a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science, IDEAS, Chair of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education, Working Group on Business for Peace, Co-Chair of the International Crisis Group’s Ambassador Council, and an adjunct faculty member at Vesalius College in Brussels. Previously, she was a Visiting Fellow with the Wilfred Martens Centre for European Studies.

Christina received her PhD from the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick in the UK. Her dissertation focused on the impact of the private sector on human security and peace in fragile and conflict-affected states. Her case study delved into the Turkish private sector’s impact on economic security and peace in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Christina received both her MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution and BA in International Relations from American University in Washington, DC.


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Robert Sicina, Co-Chair

Professor Sicina has 30 years of experience in senior executive positions at Citibank, American Express, and various entrepreneurial endeavors. He worked for fourteen years in Latin America for Citibank, where he served as Country Manager of Colombia and Division Chief Financial Officer (CFO). He became CFO of Citibank’s entire International Consumer Group and later, of Citibank’s US credit card business. Professor Sicina subsequently joined American Express and went on to become President of American Express Bank Ltd. and a member of its Board of Directors. Subsequently, he was named President of the Latin American Division for the corporation. Professor Sicina has since worked in executive positions of several entrepreneurial endeavors. As part of his course work, he leads student teams that help entrepreneurs in post-conflict regions create business plans. He also is a member of the International Advisory board of Partners of the Americas. He is the author of the book, “Learn from Failure: The Key to Successful Decision Making.”


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John Katsos, Previous Co-Chair

John Katsos teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Business and Peace, Business Ethics, Negotiations, and Business Law. He researches business operations in conflict zones. He looks specifically at how businesses can mitigate political risk and enhance peace in conflict and post-conflict zones and how international businesses can limit their legal exposure as a result of foreign operations in conflict and post-conflict zones. His publications have appeared in Journal of Business Ethics, Academy of Management: Perspectives, Business Ethics: A European Review, Business Horizons, and Corporate Ownership and Control. He is also the Associate Editor of Business, Peace, and Sustainable Development.

John has his JD and MBA from the George Washington University in Washington, DC and his BA in Religion from Haverford College in Haverford, PA.


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Dr. Robert McNulty, Previous Co-Chair

In 2006, Robert McNulty joined the Philosophy Department at Bentley University and in 2007 moved to the Hoffman Center for Business Ethics (HCBE) at Bentley. He has been responsible for many aspects of the Center’s educational, communications, and research activities. The focus of McNulty’s work has been theoretical and applied ethics, as well as ways to advance peace amid growing international tensions and global threats from war and terrorism. At Bentley, he launched the Bentley Business for Peace initiative through which he brought to Bentley cohorts of scholars from ten countries in conflict to explore how business could contribute to greater peace and stability. He served on the Steering Committee of the UN Global Compact Business for Peace Initiative and was the first co-chair of the UN’s Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRIME) Business for Peace Working Group. He has published numerous articles on business ethics and business for peace and was on the editorial board of the journal, Business, Peace and Sustainable Development. He founded the nonprofit organization Applied Ethics, Inc., the main work of which is the Pax Populi people-to-people peacebuilding initiative, which offers online educational services to students in Afghanistan, a country he visited three times for this work. Earlier, he had a career in international business specializing in communications in support of economic development.

Robert has three master’s degrees (International Affairs, Educational Administration, and Philosophy and Education) and a PhD with distinction in Philosophy and Education, all from Columbia University.


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Maya Ragab, Coordinator

Maya Ragab is overseeing communications and participant engagement within the B4P network community. She is also leading the membership outreach campaign of the working group.

Maya received her BA in Business Administration from the College of Management and Technology at the Arab Academy in Egypt. She had years of experience working in the business and management field before pursuing her MA in Global Peace, Security, and Strategic Studies at Vesalius College, VUB in Brussels. Maya’s research interest focuses on security and economic cooperation in the Middle East.


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If you are interested in joining the working group, please complete this registration form.

For additional information on the working group, feel free to contact:

Chair: Christina Bache,

Co-Chair: Bob Sicina,

Maya Ragab: (, Secretary, B4P Working Group

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