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UN PRME Working Group on Business for Peace

  • 1.  UN PRME Working Group on Business for Peace

    Posted 04-13-2022 08:49
    Pardon for cross-posting...

    Dear Colleagues, 
    • This past January, we welcomed Professor Timothy Fort who presented his research on Getting to "Us": Nudges & Bridges for Peace at Work and Beyond. Professor Timothy L. Fort, one of the founding academics of the B4P space and Eveleigh Professorship in Business Ethics and Professor of Business Law & Ethics at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University (USA), discussed how music, sports, movies and other cultural artifacts offer bridges for people who might otherwise disagree with each other on social and political issues. He argues that it is essential that we recover the capability of sharing bonds with those who politically differ from us even when these divides are historical and sharpened by the challenge of increasing diversity, social media (as well as network media) siloing of viewpoints and gerrymandered political districts. Kindly see the recording of the webinar at the following link: 

    • Co-founder of our working group, John Katsos, and previous guest speaker, Jason Miklian, co-wrote a timely piece, "How to Navigate Reputational Risks in the Ukraine Crisis." You can read the article here:
    • In case you missed it, you can see John and Jason's presentation on their joint research efforts, "Thriving in Uncertainty and Crisis: Management Lessons from Conflict Zones," here:

    • Christina Bache presented her work on the nexus of business and the women, peace and security agenda at Johns Hopkins University SAIS Europe. You may listen to the recording here:

    • We hope you can join us on Thursday, April 21st, for a webinar with Dr. Molly M. Mellon, Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Loyola University Chicago. Dr. Melin develops a theory of the conflicting roles corporations play in building and preventing peace. Dr. Melin shows that corporations engage in peacebuilding when the government lacks the capacity to do so, but they also weigh the opportunity costs of acting. Firms are uniquely able to raise the cost of violence, and proactive firms increase peace in a country. At the same time, an active private sector can make it harder for states with an ongoing conflict to reach an agreement by complicating the bargaining process. Including original cross-national data of peacebuilding efforts and in-depth case analyses of corporate actions and outcomes, Dr. Melin shows that corporations help to prevent violence but not resolve it. In examining the corporate motives for peacebuilding and the implications of these activities for preventing violence and conflict resolution, the book builds a more holistic picture of the peace and conflict process. The findings also help explain why armed civil conflicts persist despite the multitude of diverse actors working to end them. Dr. Mellon received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Davis in 2008. You may register for the webinar at the following link:
    All the best,


    Dr. Christina Bache
    Research Affiliate, Queen's University 
    Chair, United Nations, Principles for Responsible Management Education, Working Group on Business for Peace
    Tel: +32 (0) 460 94 6307
    Twitter: @peacemissions