ICRC Multi-Stakeholder Workshop Deep-Dives into Business in Conflict

Businesses can play a tremendous role in causing or exacerbating conflict. Their products and services may be used as means of war; their practices can fuel grievances; their resources and financial flows can fund armed groups; disputes over who bears the costs and benefits of their projects can spark violence. At the same time, businesses provide billions of dollars in humanitarian donations, as well as logistical expertise and other forms of support to affected populations and humanitarian organizations.

2022 has been an exceptional year for the topic of business in conflict. The international armed conflict raging in Ukraine has caught businesses unprepared – indicating that the use of heightened human rights due diligence (hHRDD) for such situations still has long way to go. The good news, however, is that businesses have become more acutely aware of conflict-related needs and challenges. At the same time, there has been an outpour of tools and research on business in conflict.

In light of these developments, the ICRC hosts a Business in Conflict Workshop that convenes key actors with experience and expertise on responsible business conduct in conflict-affected and complex environments.

In-Person by invitation only.