From Boardrooms to Battlefields: 5 New Ways That Businesses Claim to Build Peace

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Miklian, Jason; Peer Schouten & Brian Ganson (2016) From Boardrooms to Battlefields: 5 New Ways That Businesses Claim to Build Peace, Harvard International Review 37 (2): 1–4.

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Long thought to be a rarefied calling for diplomats or dedicated activists, global peacebuilders are being pushed to accept a new player into their ranks: international business. Attempting to shed their post-Cold War reputations as conflict profiteers, transnational firms today from Shell and Starbucks to Chevron and Heineken are undertaking peacebuilding ventures within some of the most fragile, impoverished, and conflict-affected regions of the world. Governments, intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) like the United Nations and the World Bank, and even some international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) have all started to bring businesses aboard in public-private partnerships that try to stimulate peaceful development through poverty reduction, socio-economic growth, and inclusive negotiation.

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